Joe Burrow To Have Stadium Named After Him
LSU Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Joe Burrow is an inspiration to many, including his hometown of Athens, Ohio.
Yesterday, his hometown and high school agreed to honor Burrow in a big way.
The Athens City School Board for Athens High School, Burrow's alma mater, approved the naming of the school's football stadium as "Joe Burrow Stadium". The vote was unanimous.
Beginning next football season, the Athens Bulldogs will play at R Basil Rutter Field at Joe Burrow Stadium.
Burrow drew attention to the poverty rate in Athens during his Heisman speech, stating it was two times higher than the national average.
The proclamation led to over $450,000 in donations to pour into the Athens County Food Bank, many of the donations coming from south Louisiana.
Burrow graduated from Athens High in 2015 before attending Ohio State for 3 years.
After losing the starting quarterback battle to Dwayne Haskins, he graduated and transferred to LSU where he has started the last two seasons.
This year, Burrow set school and SEC-records this year with 48 touchdowns and 4,715 yards, completing 78% of his throws, bringing an LSU offense once seen as archaic, to a new age spread attack that is arguably the most potent in the country.
He won the Heisman Trophy on Saturday by the largest margin ever.
#1 LSU and Burrow have their focus on the #4 Oklahoma Sooners, as the two teams are set to play on December 28th, at the Peach Bowl College Football Playoff semi-final in Atlanta.
With a win by the Tigers, there's a chance Burrow could face his former team, the #2 Ohio State Buckeyes in the College Football Playoff National Championship on January 13th in New Orleans.
The Buckeyes play #3 Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl College Football Playoff semi-final in Tempe, Arizona in two weeks.