Ohio high school officially renames football field after Joe Burrow
Athens High School had planned to rename its football field Joe Burrow Stadium for several months, but now it’s officially been done. The school installed the new sign this week.
In December, the school announced that it would rename the stadium after the Heisman Trophy winner because of his success on the field and the contributions to the city.
Burrow led LSU to a 15-0 record in the 2019 season, winning the SEC title and a national championship. He totaled 5,671 passing yards and 60 touchdowns with just 6 interceptions while completing an incredible 76.3 percent of his passes.
Burrow was selected No. 1 overall in the 2020 NFL Draft and earned the starting job with the Cincinnati Bengals.
Athens High School (OH) has changed the name of its football stadium to "Joe Burrow Stadium" in recognition of his achievements. https://t.co/kMzVQxNLeY
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As part of Joe’s acceptance speech he humbly recognized Athens and Southeast Ohio and the many challenges faced by families in our region. His comments instigated a fundraising campaign that has resulted in over $400,000 for the Athens County Food Bank, thousands of dollars donated to the Athens High School Boosters, donations to Athens County Children’s Services via the Giving Tree project, and donations to other area governmental and non-profit support agencies.
In recognition of Mr. Burrow’s accomplishments, the Athens City School District Board of Education does hereby direct the Superintendent and the Athens High School Administration to take such actions as are necessary to name the Athens High School Football Stadium the Joe Burrow Stadium and to work with the Athens High School Booster Club and the Athens High School Bulldog Blitz to plan a ceremony to celebrate this honor.
Burrow started his college career at Ohio State before transferring to LSU for his final two seasons.