Ohio school board votes to rename high school stadium after Joe Burrow
Athens County Ohio is proud to be the home of LSU quarterback Joe Burrow. The local school board has now made sure everyone will know where the 2019 Heisman Trophy winner played high school football.
Photographer Trisha Smathers shared the news on Thursday night that the Athens County School District board voted unanimously to rename the Athens High School Football Stadium to The Joe Burrow Stadium. A ceremony recognizing Burrow will reportedly be organized for after the completion of LSU’s postseason campaign for the College Football Playoff national championship.
Burrow mentioned the poverty of his hometown during his Heisman speech, leading to hundreds of thousands of dollars (a number that continues to grow) in donations to the local food pantry.
“Coming from southeast Ohio it’s a very impoverished area and the poverty rate is almost two times the national average,” Burrow said during the speech. “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.”
It has also been reported that Athens is planning a “Joe Burrow Day” to recognize the Tigers quarterback. Some incredible honors for an Ohio kid who has become a fan favorite in Louisiana and everywhere in between.
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A ceremony to commemorate this occasion will be set up by the AHS Booster club, Bulldog Blitz and Burrow Family after LSU football season is over! – #GoTigers #joeburrowstadium #theplainsohio #southeastohio #proud!!
— TSPhotos (@TrishaSmathers) December 20, 2019