Athens to rename high school football stadium in honor of Joe Burrow

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ATHENS, OH (WCMH) — The accolades for Athens native and current LSU quarterback Joe Burrow just keep coming.  

The Athens City School Board unanimously voted Thursday night to name the high school football stadium “The Joe Burrow Stadium.” 

According to a tweet by the school district, there will be a ceremony once the LSU season is over to commemorate the occasion.  

Burrow recently made headlines in his hometown for his speech during his acceptance of the Heisman trophy. 

“Coming from southeast Ohio it’s a very impoverished area and the poverty rate is almost two times the national average. 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,” an emotional Burrow said during the ceremony.  

A fundraiser set up in response to Burrow’s speech has raised more than $450,000 for the Athens County Food Pantry 

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