LSU’s Joe Burrow keeps the family tradition alive


Heisman hardware for Burrow?

Joe Burrow

If, as predicted, LSU’s Joe Burrow walks away with the Heisman Trophy on Saturday, it will be another laurel in a family whose athletic tradition dates back nearly a century.

Indeed, the Iowa-born, Ohio-raised quarterback comes from a long line of athletes, starting with his dad Jimmy Burrow, a former CFL and NFL defensive back and college coach. His grandmother Dot Ford once scored a state-record 82 points in a Mississippi high-school basketball game in the 1940s and grandfather James Burrow starred at point guard for Mississippi State.

Additionally, Burrow’s uncle Johnny played safety for Mississippi in the 1980s and his two older brothers, Jamie and Dan, played for Nebraska, where their father played and coached. In fact, Dad retired this past spring as the long-time defensive coordinator at Ohio University in part to watch Joe play his senior season.

And what the elder Burrow saw was pretty spectacular. Through nine games – all Tiger wins – Joe had thrown for 3,198 yards and 33 touchdowns and only four interceptions, while completing a whopping 78.9 percent of his passes. His quarterback rating: an impressive 202.5.

Among his masterpieces were a 471-yard, four-TD passing performance against Texas in a Week 2 45-38 win; a 398-yard, six-touchdown game against Vanderbilt two weeks later, a 66-38 blowout; and a gutty 393-yard, three-TD showing against No. 3 Alabama in a 46-41 thriller.

All season long, Burrow has proven to be equal to any challenge presented him. Whether he’ll be recognized for his efforts by Heisman voters will be revealed Saturday, Dec. 14, when ESPN airs the 2019 Heisman Trophy Ceremony live from the PlayStation Theater in New York.


Name: Joe Burrow

Birth date: Dec. 10, 1996

Birthplace: Ames, Iowa

Height/weight: 6 feet, 4 inches/216 pounds

Teams: Ohio State Buckeyes (2015-17); LSU Tigers (2018-present)

Class: Senior

Position: Quarterback

No.: 9

Honors and achievements: At Athens High School in The Plains, Ohio, passed for 11,416 yards with 157 touchdowns and rushed for 2,067 yards with 27 touchdowns; earned multiple Offensive Player of the Week awards in 2019; 2019 Fiesta Bowl MVP

Did you know?: Also starred in basketball in high school

George Dickie

George Dickie

George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.

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