Fifth grade boy invited to New Orleans to watch his favorite football player

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THE PLAINS, Ohio (WTAP) - A fifth-grade boy from The Plains, Ohio has been invited to watch his hero, Louisiana State University quarterback Joe Burrow, play in the national college football championship.

Burrow grew up just a few blocks from Blake Taylor, a boy who could very well be Joe’s biggest fan. He’s a Louisiana Fan just because of Burrow.

“He’s a leader to all his teammates,” said Taylor.

And his mom, Robin Sutton, is excited to take Blake.

“Robin Burrow called me on Friday and asked if Blake would be interested in going to the national championship, and my response to her was ‘are you kidding?"

Taylor and Sutton were selected by an anonymous group in Baton Rouge to go watch the big game, all expenses paid. They just had to bring a little spending money for souvenirs and dinner out.

“They wanted to pick a kid from Athens, from Joe’s hometown,” said Sutton.

Not only is Joe one of Blake’s heroes, but the two share quite a few interests. Burrow’s favorite show, Spongebob Squarepants was playing in the background when WTAP arrived at Sutton and Taylor’s home and Taylor is a three-sport athlete, just like Burrow.

“Same sports as Joe did. I guess he played the same sports as Blake does: football, basketball and baseball,” said Sutton.

Taylor met Burrow when the quarterback was visiting a couple of years ago, but he’s never seen Burrow play.

“I feel happy that I’m going because I’ve never been to a game, and I’ve always wanted to go,” said Taylor.

Monday night, The Louisiana State Tigers will be battling it out with the Clemson University Tigers Monday in the NCAA Championship. Either way, a Tiger will win, but Blake Taylor is confident in LSU.

“I think they’re going to win by 20,” said Taylor.