Joe Burrow becomes second Heisman Trophy winner in LSU history
NEW YORK - Quarterback Joe Burrow has carved out his place in Louisiana sports history, becoming just the second LSU football player to ever win the Heisman Trophy.
Burrow was announced Saturday night as the 2019 winner of the award, which honors the most outstanding player in college football.
Burrow gave an emotional speech thanking his family, teammates, coaches and the state of Louisiana for welcoming him with open arms.
He broke down while thanking Coach Orgeron stating the following:
"I didn't play for 3 years you took a chance on me not knowing if I could play or not and I'm forever grateful for you," Burrow said. "Can you imagine a guy like Coach O giving me the keys to his football program? He just means so much to me and my family, and to LSU. I sure hope they give him a lifetime contract. He deserves it."
Joe Burrow gets emotional as he talks about how much Coach O has meant to his family. pic.twitter.com/BdaiQ9zQbX— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) December 15, 2019
Coach O spoke in the post-ceremony press conference about that emotional moment this is what he had to say:
"It's the first time I've seen him get that emotional I was so proud for him and proud of our football team," Coach O continued. "When you saw him up there it was with his heart and that's how he plays, with a great heart with a great grit that's what makes him the best player in America"
In Burrow's second, dream-like season with the Tigers, he has shattered the SEC single-season records for passing yards and passing touchdowns.
After dominating Georgia in the SEC Championship, he has a 77.9 percent completion rate, with 342 completions for 4,715 yards on the season. He's also heading into the Peach Bowl with an outstanding 201.5 passer rating.
The last time an LSU Tiger took home the Heisman was in 1959, when running back Billy Cannon claimed the award. Cannon died last summer, just months before a statue honoring his football legacy was unveiled outside Tiger Stadium.
Joe will take the field again Dec. 28, when the Tigers take on Oklahoma in the semi-finals of the College Football Playoffs.