CLEVELAND — Quarterback Joe Burrow sure knows how to celebrate a championship victory.
In the moments following Louisiana State University’s 42-25 win over the reigning champion Clemson Tigers in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana Monday night, Burrow was seen sitting outside of the locker room and smoking a cigar in an iconic moment that was caught on camera.
In a scene reminiscent of a classic 1950s movie, Burrow is seen still in his uniform and sitting back in relaxing fashion as he enjoys a cigar and slowly lets out a smoke-filled breath. Then, Burrow raises the cigar to someone off camera and nods in recognition of the response he drew.
Burrow had to smoke the cigar outside of the locker room after a law enforcement official reportedly threatened to arrest LSU players for smoking in the locker room.
Burrow had plenty of reason to celebrate after another record-setting performance for the Tigers.
The former Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback completed 31 of his 49 attempts for 463 yards and five touchdowns, while running for another 58 yards and one score on 14 carries on the way to LSU’s rout of Clemson, which secured the school’s fourth National Championship.
The game against Clemson further cemented Burrow’s unbelievable season.
On the way to the Heisman Trophy and National Championship Game victory, Burrow completed 402 of his 527 attempts (76.3 percent) for 5,671 yards with 60 touchdowns against six interceptions.
Additionally, Burrow rushed for 368 yards and five touchdowns on 115 carries, and following the game against Clemson, it is expected that the Athens, Ohio native will be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, currently held by the Cincinnati Bengals.
Along with the Heisman Trophy and National Championship, Burrow brought home the Maxwell (Player of the Year), Walter Camp (best college player), Johnny Unitas Golden Arm, Davey O’Brien (best quarterback) and Southeastern Conference Offensive Player of the Year awards. Also, Burrow received Player of the Year honors from the Associated Press and Sporting News, as well as unanimous All-American status and National Championship Game Most Valuable Player recognition.