Dwayne Haskins Says He And Joe Burrow Couldn’t Stand Each Other At Ohio State

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Before Joe Burrow would go on to win the Heisman trophy or the national championship, he was butting heads with quarterbacks on his own roster at Ohio State. Washington Football quarterback Dwyane Haskins spoke on Monday’s Ring Chronicles on Fox about the relationship he had with Burrow:

“Every day, whether it was morning workouts or when we had to do mat drills and it’d be me and him on the mat drill, it was gritty. Or it was practice and me and him are trying to get in front of each other to get a rep to throw to one of the starting receivers. It was always this heated competition but we knew we got the best out of each other. He made it hard for me and I made it hard for him and I didn’t let him take it away.”

Sounds like the same concept at Apple where Steve Jobs would treat his employees like maggots to build the latest and greatest iPhone. Haskins would go on to share how they smoothed things over:

“When he did leave we had conversations about where he wanted to go and he said he wanted to go to LSU. I said do your thing. I believe in you. We still talk to this day and I was very proud of him for what he did last year.”

Never rule out men making miraculous transformations from enemies to best of friends. Nothing will bring you closer to another dude than an argument or a fist fight, so it shouldn’t surprise us that they worked things out. 

The Burrow-Haskins pairing at Ohio State was about as toxic as Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith, but LSU and the Cincinnati Bengals were taken to new heights because of Burrow’s developed edge. Sitting at Ohio State put a chip on Burrow’s shoulder only rivaled by 6th round pick Tom Brady and the Bengals are hoping his drive pushes them back into contention.

As much as the media loves to see sports turmoil, we’re happy to say these two finally put bros before x’s and o’s.

Written by Gary Sheffield, Jr

Gary Sheffield Jr is the son of should-be MLB Hall of Famer, Gary Sheffield. He covers basketball and baseball for OutKick.com, chats with the Purple and Gold faithful on LakersNation, and shitposts on Twitter. You can follow him at GarySheffieldJr


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  1. Sounds like they made each other better. They still talk and root for each other so it couldn’t have been too toxic. You hear stories every year from college and NFL about team mates getting in fist fights. Sounds like they just pushed each other in practice and reached higher goals.

  2. As an Ohio State supporter who lives in Columbus, you kind of got a sense of this rivalry when JT Barrett was the starter and Burrow and Haskins were in a contentious battle to be the backup and then eventually the starter. Made both of them into first round picks in the end. Exceptional piece as always, Gary!

  3. Hey Gary,
    Nice writing…good stuff…love the back story!!! Let’s hope the NFL emphasizes the “bros” stories as well as the X’s and O’s and we can try to remember why we loved football.

  4. I have heard a few analysts allude that Joe Burrow losing the job to Haskins had a lot to do with outside pressures from boosters. Obviously Haskins went on to have a tremendous season in his only season as the starter for the Buckeyes, but I have always wondered if more details on that quarterback battle would have emerged had Haskins not performed so well.

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