Joe Burrow can’t go far wrong these days. The award-winning pro football quarterback has certainly spent a lot of time in the spotlight, and rightly so. His Cincinnati Bengals are one win away from a Super Bowl return, and many pundits believe the Bengals wouldn’t even be sniffing the playoffs if it weren’t for Burrow.
Despite his successes in recent years, it seems it was Joe’s time at LSU and a particular incident in the dining room that must have propelled Burrow into his meteoric rise to stardom.
The story goes like this: Burrow was at the LSU dining facility preparing for a salad in front of a large plate of lasagna. The other LSU players at the facility reprimanded Burrow for his choice of “rabbit food” over Popeye’s fried chicken. It’s a staple of the Louisiana fast-food diet and they obviously have it on their training tables at LSU for the legions of Louisiana athletes.
Now we’re not sure if Joe’s then-LSU teammate and current Bengals teammate Ja’Marr Chase was involved in the chicken rant, but whether you appreciate the chicken skin, the coating, the fat, the seasoning, or just coincidence, it worked out well for the two LSU Tigers became Bengal Tigers in the Queen City.
This isn’t the first time a Louisiana sports team has invoked the mythical powers of Popeye’s chicken. Remember when Saints fans clogged the drive-thrus at Popeyes because someone on the Saints team suggested that “we win if we eat Popeyes”?
If you don’t remember, that was in 2014 when stars Robert Meachem and Pierre Thomas lamented the team’s struggles on the road in the playoff games. That’s when then-head coach Sean Payton relented and made sure the Black and Golds had their Popeyes back in the locker room and back on the plane.
Incidentally, the Saints won that game in Philadelphia, giving the team its first-ever playoff win. You may remember the game. The Saints won 26-24 with a last-minute field goal.
So maybe there’s something to this Joe Burrow, New Orleans Saints scenario, we gotta eat Popeye’s Chicken. You’ll never know if Popeyes magic will work for you unless you try.
Maybe we can leave the salads to the Falcons or the Bills or the Vikings. You know those teams that never win Super Bowls.
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