NFL’s Rising Star Joe Burrow Gives a Pro Lesson in Gripping the Football To Perfection: “Always on second lace”

Published 06/22/2022, 11:00 AM EDT
Dec 5, 2021; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) runs the ball in for a touchdown against Los Angeles Chargers safety Derwin James Jr. (33) in the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports | Courtesy: Reuters

The rising NFL star Joe Burrow has quickly risen up to the ranks after playing his first Super Bowl last season. His throwing abilities as a quarterback have been revered in the games he played. Therefore, he reveals his secret to throwing the ball the way he does to Chris Simms of NBC Sports.

Burrow revealed that throughout his high school and college days; he has maintained the same grip. Joe Shiesty thought about changing his grip when he got to the league. However, it gave up the idea since the QB couldn’t spin it the way he wanted it to spin.

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Jan 30, 2022; Kansas City, MO, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Tyler Shelvin (99) lifts Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) after the AFC championship NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 30, 2022, at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. Mandatory Credit: Albert Cesare-USA TODAY Sports| Reuters

In addition, mentioning his grip secret, Burrow said, “Always on second lace. Two and under five…I try to go pinky on the lace for when it gets windy and dry. You just get a better grip.” Burrow’s secret is in his finger positioning on the lace of the ball. It dictates his throwing trajectory and power in windy, dry, or wet conditions.

How did Joe Burrow perform in the 2021 season?

In the two seasons Joe Burrow has played with the Bengals, he performed significantly better in the latter one. Moreover, his impeccable record in the last season propelled the Bengals to reach the Super Bowl. Unfortunately, they lost to the LA Rams.

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In 2020, the QB scored 13 TDs and 5 INTs along with 2688 yards. Going ahead, in 2021, he recorded better stats. He completed 34 TDs and 14 INTs along with 4611 yards. Consequently, becoming one of the best performing players for the Bengals.

Jan 30, 2022; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs safety Daniel Sorensen (49) gets his finger caught in the face mask of a sliding Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) during the fourth quarter of the AFC Championship Game at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

With the next season around the corner, Burrow would hope to take his game to the next level. Reaching the Super Bowl and not winning it must hurt, but he would look to change the course of events this season.

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Ayush Jha

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Ayush Jha is an NFL author at EssentiallySports. He is a current graduate of the University of Delhi and has worked on publishing academic research in the past. To fulfill his enthusiasm for covering sports, he started following the NFL and developed a keen interest.

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