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Donations pour in after Burrow mentions hometown poverty in Heisman speech

Posted at 9:03 AM, Dec 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-16 19:18:19-05

Donations have been pouring in to Joe Burrow's hometown of Athens, Ohio after he highlighted the area's poverty level while accepting the Heisman Trophy on Saturday.

In his speech, Burrow talked about growing up in Southeast Ohio "where the poverty rate is almost two times the national average."

He continued, "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. You guys can be up here, too."

On Monday, donations continued to pour in from across the country to fundraising pages set up in answer to Burrow's speech.

The Athens Bulldog Football Facebook page shared three donation pages that have been set up to collect money for the Athen's County Food Pantry.

One of those pages, started by an Athens High School and Ohio University graduate, had eclipsed its initial $50,000 goal and had taken in over $230,000 by Monday night. Donations were still being made.

Two fundraisers started by Louisiana natives had also reached beyond or were nearing their $5,000 goals. To see those groups, click here and here.

Burrow became only the second LSU Football player awarded the Heisman Trophy on Saturday, December 14.

See his full speech: LSU QB Joe Burrow wins Heisman Trophy in landslide vote