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Joe Burrow's Heisman Speech Inspires $180K+ in Donations for Ohio Food Pantry

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistDecember 16, 2019

NCAA college football player, LSU quarterback Joe Burrow talks to the media during a news conference after winning the Heisman Trophy, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason Szenes)
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An emotional speech from Joe Burrow has led to a lot of good in Ohio. 

The LSU quarterback gave a shoutout to his hometown Saturday after winning the Heisman Trophy:

"Coming from southeast Ohio it's a very impoverished area and the poverty rate is almost two times the national average," Burrow said. "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."

This speech caught the attention of at least one local man, who started a fundraiser Sunday for the Athens County Food Pantry, according to TMZ Sports.

As of Monday afternoon, it's led to more than $180,000 worth of donations with a stated goal of $250,000, per the fundraiser's Facebook page.

Athens High School, where Burrow went to school, also provided an update that included links to multiple campaigns inspired by Burrow's speech:

Athens Football @bulldogbrohood

Below are the 3 fundraisers for our local food bank! @WBRZ @WAFB @nbc4i @wkyc @fox28columbus @wsyx6 @WBRZ @athensmessenger https://t.co/eibODpWZzl https://t.co/xzQOvPRN6f https://t.co/rKibkwuua6 https://t.co/lmzUs3UHQg

Burrow has made a huge impact on the field for LSU this season, and it seems he's also making a big impact off the field.


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