Athens, Ohio names football stadium in Joe Burrow’s honor

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Joe Burrow was the top pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. He went home to play for the Cincinnati Bengals.

Now, several months later, Joe Burrow has had a stadium named in his honor in Athens, Ohio. When Burrow won the Heisman Trophy, he gave an impassioned speech about Athens.

Former LSU Tigers quarterback Joe Burrow has his jersey detail photographed as he stool on the field following a win over the Georgia Bulldogs in the 2019 SEC Championship
Joe Burrow has his jersey detail photographed as he stool on the field following a win over the Georgia Bulldogs in the 2019 SEC Championship (Getty Images)

He told those, who live in the city, that they can make it out of there, too. Now, those athletes, are going to see his name on a stadium.

On Thursday, the Athens City School District Board of Educations announced that they have asked their superintendent and Athens High School administration to change the name at the school’s football field in his honor.

“Coming from southeast Ohio, it’s a very impoverished area and the poverty rate is almost two times the national average,” Burrow said in his speech after accepting the Heisman on Dec. 14th in New York City. “There’s so many people there that don’t have a lot, and I’m up here for all those kids in Athens and Athens County that go home to not a lot of food on the table, hungry after school. You guys can be up here, too.”

Burrow began his career at Ohio State, where he served as a backup at the school. After transferring to Louisiana State University (LSU), as a graduate transfer, he developed into a star.

He had a break through season in 2019 that helped propel him to be the top pick in April’s draft. Burrow led the Tigers to the national championship in January.

Burrow and Billy Cannon are the only two Heisman Trophy winners in the history of LSU football. Cannon won his Heisman Trophy 60-years before Burrow.

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