Joe Burrow will fare better than other first overall picks because he “hasn’t had a silver spoon in his mouth,” according to his coach at LSU.Ed Orgeron believes Burrow, who won the Heisman Trophy and led LSU to a national championship in 2019, is capable of handling the pressure and intense scrutiny that comes with being taken at the top of the NFL Draft. The Cincinnati Bengals are expected to pick him first overall on Thursday. “The way he worked every day, the way he earned the right to be the starting quarterback at LSU,” Orgeron said. “The way he got better, the way he captured the football team, the way he led.”His work ethic, attitude and smarts will [translate to the NFL and] make him a great player.”The last quarterback to be taken No. 1 overall and win a Super Bowl was Eli Manning, who was the first pick in 2004. He famously did not play for the team that picked him, though. He was selected by the San Diego Chargers, who dealt him to the New York Giants for a package led by No. 4 pick Philip Rivers and Shawne Merriman, taken 12th that year by San Diego. Manning led Big Blue to two Lombardi Trophies. BENDER: Why Burrow’s connection to Ohio matters more than everBurrow had to fight for a role as a college starter after being unable to make a breakthrough with Ohio State. He took time to progress once he had transferred to LSU.”You know, Joe didn’t play in three years, and he came here and he earned the respect of the football team,” Orgeron said to ESPN. “Joe wasn’t the Heisman Trophy winner when he got here. He developed, he got better, he kept his mouth shut. “Obviously we all heard the stories [of other No. 1 picks] going to this team or that team, they haven’t had a good record or whatever. “I think that Joe has not had a silver spoon in his mouth all his life. I think Joe has had to fight all his life. “And I think if he does have to fight — and it may be Cincinnati — he’s willing to fight for that. And he’s willing to build a team. And he’s willing to go through adversity if he has to.”Nothing was promised to him here [at LSU]. He came here with faith and built a championship team. And I don’t see why he couldn’t do it at Cincinnati.”https://t.co/ZLrAyTP5lr pic.twitter.com/07HvwgqJUr— LSU Football (@LSUfootball) April 20, 2020Orgeron was asked why he was so certain Burrow — who had 60 touchdowns to just six interceptions as he threw for 5,671 yards in an unbelievable 2019 campaign — would thrive at the NFL level.
The third annual Pride of Centra Awards ceremony took place in Killashee Hotel in Co. Kildare yesterday where 17 Centra employees were honoured for their passion and commitment they have shown in the workplace in 2016.Two of the shortlisted candidates are Donegal employees; Ronan Cunningham from Centra Killybegs was nominated for the Pride of Centra Employee Award category while Máirtín Kelly from Centra Mountain Top was nominated in the Pride of Centra Outstanding Contribution Award category.Presented by broadcaster Sybil Mulcahy, the Pride of Centra Awards were established to acknowledge staff who demonstrate passion and enthusiasm in cementing Centra as the number one convenience retailer at the heart of communities across the country. These 17 Centra employees were selected as finalists out of 11,000 staff employed in Centra stores across the country, demonstrating the significance of their achievement. Ronan Cunningham received his nomination for the customer relationships he has built. 2016 was also a great year for Ronan as he combined his love for music and his role at Centra! He wrote a football song in support of the Ireland team heading to the Euros entitled ‘Nous sommes the Irish’ with customers becoming big fans.Máirtín Kelly was honoured in the Outstanding Contribution category for his work with people with disabilities and under privileged colleagues and customers in his store. He is an inspirational leader that has cemented his business as a truly open and inclusive member of the community in Mountain Top.Four category winners were: • Pride of Centra Employee Award – Sean O’Shea from Centra Dooradoyle, Co Limerick• Pride of Centra Department Manager Award – Celine Cassidy from Centra Bridgetown, Co Wexford• Pride of Centra Store Manager Award – Elaine Kirwan from Centra Charleville (Limerick Rd), Co Cork• Pride of Centra Outstanding Contribution Award – Eileen Lynch from Centra Carnmore, Co GalwayThe 17 finalists represented nine counties; Donegal, Cork, Dublin, Limerick, Waterford, Sligo, Wexford, Kilkenny and Galway. All shortlisted candidates were recognised for their ongoing commitment to their work with community initiatives, charity organisations, customer service and engaging activities in-store.Commenting on the Pride of Centra Awards, Luke Hanlon, HR Director of Centra, said; “It has been a really exciting year for Centra with our new ‘Live Every Day’ brand positioning which encourages people to make the most of every day and the finalists here today have been key in bringing this to life.“We are extremely proud of the 11,000 staff members who represent the Centra brand and these awards are important in recognising outstanding staff members commitment to their customers and their local community. Their dedication is very important to us as we understand the strength they bring to the Centra brand and today we show our appreciation of that. I would like to congratulate all our finalists on this wonderful achievement.”Donegal Centra employees honoured at National Awards Ceremony was last modified: December 2nd, 2016 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Centra