How Joe Burrow’s Heisman speech raised thousands for Ohio charity

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Quarterback Joe Burrow is on the precipice of college football immortality.

The second-year LSU signal-caller is one game away from leading LSU to just the second 15-0 season in modern college football history. And it's not unfair to say the biggest reason the Tigers are here is because of the incredible season Burrow has had.

To date this season, Burrow has completed 371 of 478 passes (77.6 percent) for 5,208 passing yards, 55 touchdowns to six interceptions and a 204.6 quarterback rating. He also added 311 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns to those already-impressive totals, earning him the Heisman Trophy by an incredible margin.

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And even if Burrow can't lead LSU to a win in Monday's game, no one can take away the good Burrow did with his Heisman stage.

When Burrow was awarded the Heisman on Dec. 14 in New York, he gave an emotional, heartfelt speech that brought national attention to the poverty in Athens and Athens County in Ohio, where Burrow grew up from the age of 9. He also won Mr. Football in the state of Ohio in 2014 at Athens (Ohio) High School.

"Coming from southeast Ohio, the poverty rate is almost twice the national average," Burrow said. "There are so many people there who don't have a lot, and I'm up here for all those kids in Athens and Athens County who go home to not a lot of food on the table, hungry after school. You guys can be up here, too."

Joe Burrow's Heisman speech

That led to an incredible outpouring of charitable donations. According to a report from the Times Recorder (Zanesville, Ohio), Burrow's speech prompted Athens High School and Ohio University alum Will Drabold to start a fundraiser on Facebook for the Athens County Food Pantry.

According to the Times Recorder, the goal of that fundraiser was $1,000. It has now exceeded more than $500,000 in charitable donations since Burrow's Heisman speech. That has led to an outpouring of support for Burrow and LSU from the state of Ohio, even before No. 2 Ohio State was bounced from the College Football Playoff by No. 3 Clemson.

And that in itself is a form of immortality.

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