ATHENS, Ohio (WTAP) - Athens native Joe Burrow has so far led Louisiana State University to 12 straight wins on the field this season. Now, he’s a finalist for college football’s highest honor, the Heisman Trophy.
Burrow left a lasting impression on the community during his tenure as Athens High School’s quarterback. In 2014 he led the Bulldogs to the state football championship, where they narrowly lost.
His friends and fans in Athens have been cheering him on through his college career, from Ohio State University to LSU. There are frequent LSU watch parties all over Athens County to cheer on Burrow.
With the Heisman ceremony coming up this weekend, the Burrow family has invited a few Athens based friends to New York for a viewing party with the LSU Boosters. Among those invited are Burrow’s high school football and basketball coaches.
“It’s incredibly surreal. It’s one of those strange little life lessons. That’s hard to believe, how much happiness and excitement one good person’s success can bring to so many different people,” said Jeff Skinner, Burrow’s high school basketball coach.
Skinner says many in the Athens community are proud of Burrow and his accomplishments.
“Things like this give people something to look forward to, something to be excited about,” said Skinner.