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Twitter couldn't resist comparing LSU QB Joe Burrow to Patriots' Tom Brady

Twitter couldn't resist comparing LSU QB Joe Burrow to Patriots' Tom Brady

If you checked out Twitter during the College Football Playoff National Championship Game between LSU and Clemson, you probably saw quite a few tweets comparing Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow to New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

The LSU quarterback led the Tigers to a national title with a 42-25 win in New Orleans on Monday night. Burrow threw for 463 yards with five touchdowns and zero interceptions. It was a fitting way for his historic 2019 season to end.

Burrow will be the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft unless the Cincinnati Bengals, who own the top pick, decide to go in a different direction. Given the Bengals' need for a franchise quarterback, Burrow is the perfect player to rebuild their team around. Burrow isn't just the consensus No. 1 pick, he's also receiving plenty of Brady comparisons. Whether it's his throwing accuracy, calmness under pressure or remarkable ability to win games, the LSU quarterback has been compared to Brady more than any other college football player in recent memory.

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Brady is the best QB in NFL history and likely the best player (regardless of position) in pro football history. He's won a record six Super Bowl titles and owns many records. It's ridiculous to compare any college player to Brady, but in fairness, Burrow really is a special talent. These comparisons aren't new, either. Burrow had been compared to Brady throughout the season.

Here's a roundup of notable comparisons of Burrow and Brady from Monday night's national title game.


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Joe Burrow's record-breaking season for LSU has fitting Tom Brady connection

Joe Burrow's record-breaking season for LSU has fitting Tom Brady connection

There's always a Tom Brady connection, folks.

Joe Burrow threw five touchdown passes Monday night to help LSU defeat Clemson, 42-25, in the College Football Playoff national championship game.

That gave Burrow 60 touchdown passes on the season, breaking Colt Brennan's single-season TD pass record of 58. Burrow's record-breaking strike came to LSU tight end Thaddeus Moss, the son of NFL legend Randy Moss.

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... And that's where Brady comes in.

Brady set the NFL's single-season passing touchdowns record in Week 17 of the New England Patriots' undefeated 2007 regular season, when he threw a 65-yard bomb to none other than Randy Moss for his 50th passing TD.

 

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Thaddeus finished with five catches for 36 yards and scored two touchdowns, much to the delight of his father Randy, who was at Mercedez-Benz Superdome decked out in LSU gear.

Thaddeus also accomplished something his father never could by winning a championship, as Randy's 2007 Patriots lost to the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLII.

Coincidentally, Randy also lost a Super Bowl with the 2012 San Francisco 49ers at that same Superdome, making LSU's win Monday that much sweeter for the Moss clan.

"It's crazy how everything comes full circle," Thaddeus said after the game, via ESPN.com. "That was his last football game, he lost the Super Bowl here, and I was able to win a national championship here and have a big game."

2020 NFL Mock Draft 1.0: Patriots hold off on a Gronkowski replacement

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2020 NFL Mock Draft 1.0: Patriots hold off on a Gronkowski replacement

Need help offensively come the spring? Do we have the draft for you. At this point — and it's early — it doesn't look like a first-round crop that's loaded with quarterbacks or tight ends. (Figured you might be wondering, Patriots fans.) But it is well-stocked with receiving help and offensive linemen. There are plenty of defensive backs who look like first-rounders, as well.

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So where will the Patriots be looking? Given their ineffectiveness on offense in 2019, and given their average age on defense, it looks like they'll be free to take the best player available — almost regardless of position. The player we gave them looks like a no-doubt-about-it Prototypical Patriot. And he fills a need. But you'll have to read on to find out exactly who we chose.