It’s an age-old question. If you had a time machine, where would you go in history? Who would you try to meet?
I guess that’s two questions. Who cares?
It’s the question that Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow was asked by Bengals Radio Network’s Dan Hoard. Burrow’s answer seems pretty on point based on what we’ve learned about Burrow in the pre-draft process.
Julius Caesar. Why? Because of his leadership skills.
I asked @Joe_Burrow10 if he could meet anybody in history -- athlete, politician, entertainer -- who would it be?— Dan Hoard (@Dan_Hoard) April 29, 2020
"Julius Caesar," he replied. "He was a great conqueror and obviously to do that you've got to be a really good leader of men."
Good answer don't you think? #Bengals pic.twitter.com/lhuVJPSLLd
In what sounds equivalent to what an NFL Combine interview question would be, Burrow stuck to business. A meeting with Caesar would be insightful for the purpose he describes, but why stop there?
Before Caesar was a ruthless dictator, he was one a captive of Mediterranean pirates. He then secretly organized his rescue by effectively raising his ransom price. This could be useful if Burrow feels like the Bengals aren’t a fit for him as his second contract looms.
That might be the most interesting fact not a lot of people know about Caesar. The rest of his biography is common knowledge, and the end of his rule, well, we all know how that went down.
Come to think of it, maybe there are other leaders in history Burrow would be better off talking to.