Cincinnati Bengals star Joe Burrow is reflecting on the moment he knew NFL veteran Joe Montana was going to be a great friend.
Last week, the Bengals player met the retired NFL legend for the first time during City Harvest in New York City when the two paired up for a collaboration with Guinness. Despite being the first time hanging out, the 26-year-old quarterback explained that the veteran was “easy to talk to” and had many similar opinions that solidified their bond.
“I think what’s great about the position that I’m in now and that he has been in is when you meet people who have been in that same situation, you have an instant connection,” Burrow explained, according to PEOPLE Magazine.
While talking to Montana in and of itself was a privilege, getting to spent time with a quarterback he’s looked up to for years was extra special. Following the event, Burrow took note of the retired player’s impressive history, acknowledging his place in NFL history.
“I think his resume speaks for itself on the field, and then his resume off the field is just as impressive,” he shared. “What he’s done for people, and what he’s done for the game, has been… He’s part of the reason that the game has grown so much to what it is today.”
The Bengals quarterback has only been playing professional football for three seasons, but he’s quickly become a fan favorite. Ever since his rookie season, Burrow helped lead his team to five postseason wins and allowed the Bengals to see a Super Bowl in 2022 for the first time since 1988. Even Montana is able to recognize the 26-year-old’s drive and talent.
“He’s one of those guys that’s fun to watch, and he should have been back in the Super Bowl again,” the historic football player said of the newbie. “But my guess is he’s going to find another way to get back here a few more times. Looking forward to watching him.”
Joe Burrow and Joe Montana dedicated to the Guinness pledge
However, at the end of the end of the day, the two quarterbacks weren’t in New York to just talk football. While partnering with Guinness, the two encouraged Americans across the country to pledge at least 10 hours of service to their communities between now and next January.
“It’s always exciting to get the message that we’re trying to portray with Guinness across,” Burrow said of the volunteer work. “During the season, there’s no time, so during the off-season, you try to find any way you can to help people that need to be helped, and this is a great opportunity to do it.”
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