Joe Burrow shoots down notion he wouldn't play for Bengals: 'I'm not going to not play'


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Joe Burrow had an answer ready for the question so many wanted to ask.

Speaking with a throng of media members at the NFL scouting combine on Tuesday, the LSU quarterback and presumptive No. 1 pick in April’s NFL draft summarily dismissed any notion he would attempt to dissuade the Cincinnati Bengals from selecting him or force his way out if the team did so.

“Yeah, of course I want to be the first pick. That’s everyone’s dream,” Burrow said. “I’m not going to not play. I’m a ballplayer. I’m going to show up.”

Burrow, who led LSU to a 15-0 season and national championship in his Heisman Trophy-winning senior campaign, said he had not spoken with the Bengals yet planned to do so in the near future.

The quarterback added that he thought earlier speculation that he would consider not playing for the Bengals.

“You guys kind of took that narrative and ran with it,” Burrow said. “There has never been anything like that from my end.”

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