The debate over natural grass versus artificial turf fields continues to rage on across the NFL.
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow has now voiced his opinion. His stance might come as a surprise.
In the past few weeks, several high-profile names have spoken out against artificial turf, saying all NFL games should be played on grass. That includes Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
But Burrow told reporters this week that he likes playing on turf, according to AllBengals.com.
Burrow did, however, call for uniformity from NFL stadiums on the type of turf they use.
"I think having universal turf would be a great thing for us as players," Burrow said. "I don't know the stats on injuries or anything based off of the playing surface. I personally like playing on turf. But I do wish that each stadium had the same turf."
Asked why he likes playing on turf as opposed to grass, Burrow said it "feels faster to me."
Burrow plays his home game at Paycor Stadium, which features one of 14 artificial turf fields in the NFL. Half of the league's teams play their home games on turf, while half play on natural grass.
The criticism of artificial turf is that the lack of give makes serious ankle and knee injuries more likely. However, a recent ESPN report concluded that, while non-contact injury rates have been higher on artificial turf surfaces in years past, there was no significant different between grass and turf during the 2021 season.
Burrow tore his ACL in 2020, and that injury occurred on Washington's grass field.
As of yet, the NFL has not given any indication that it plans to mandate grass fields or uniform turf from its teams.