Joe Burrow ruthlessly mocks concerns about his small hands
The 2020 NFL Scouting Combine began on Monday, and Joe Burrow is already getting a feel for some of the unexpected concerns that can pop up for players who take part in the event. Fortunately, the Heisman Trophy winner seems like he is going to be able to take the criticism in stride.
One of the measurements evaluators take for quarterback prospects is hand size, and Burrow’s hands measure at just nine inches. That is considered very small for an NFL quarterback, especially one who is 6-foot-4. For comparison, Kyler Murray — who is 5-foot-10 — has 9.5-inch hands.
Naturally, Twitter began buzzing about Burrow’s “tiny hands.” That led to a hilarious response from the quarterback, who said he is considering retirement since the ball might slip out of his hands so easily.
Considering retirement after I was informed the football will be slipping out of my tiny hands. Please keep me in your thoughts.
— Joey Burrow (@Joe_Burrow10) February 24, 2020
Burrow’s hands are significantly smaller than the other top quarterbacks in the 2020 QB class.
Height: 6’3 4/8
Hand: 9 7/8
Height: 6’6 2/8
Height: 6'5 7/8
Hand: 9 4/8
Hand: 9 6/8
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) February 24, 2020
Patrick Mahomes, whose hands were also considered “small” at 9.25 inches, offered some words of encouragement for Burrow during this difficult time.
My small hands are doing alright so far….i believe in ya https://t.co/o0UUwkSeOq
— Patrick Mahomes II (@PatrickMahomes) February 24, 2020
Burrow is an extremely confident guy, so it’s no surprise he’s mocking those who say his hand size is a concern. No one seemed worried about it when he was lighting the college football world on fire last season, and it is not going to have any impact on the Cincinnati Bengals wanting to take him with the No. 1 overall pick in the draft.
If you saw what Burrow said about Alabama recruiting him as a third-string quarterback, you probably had an idea of how he might react to his hand size becoming a topic of discussion.