Joe Burrow relishes underdog story with Heisman Trophy Times Square picture
Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow loves to share his story, and detail the adversity he overcame to land at LSU and ultimately win the most well-known trophy and award in college football.
He also appears to be still motivated by doubters and critics coming out of high school, and in college, and he summarized it this way on an Instagram post with a photo from Times Square: “They said I couldn’t. … They said I wouldn’t. … I just did.”
Burrow had a remarkable number of votes, including 2,608 points and 841 first-place votes, a record 90.7 percent of all the first-place votes available. Burrow also set a record for percentage of points available received with 93.8, as he broke the mark of 91.6 percent set by Troy Smith of Ohio State in 2006. Burrow was named on 95.5 percent of all ballots, breaking the record of 95.2 percent set by Oregon’s Marcus Mariota in 2014.
In his speech to accept the award, Burrow noted how he grew up in southeastern Ohio, in Athens, and how he went to Ohio State before a transfer to LSU.
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This season, Burrow set a slew of records, including the SEC mark of 48 touchdown passes while he led No. 1 LSU (13-0) to its first College Football Playoff appearance. With at least one game remaining, Burrow has passed for 4,715 yards and is completing 77.9 percent of his passes, which is on pace to set an NCAA record.