Joe Burrow’s Heisman Trophy acceptance speech has inspired more than $150,000 in donations to a food pantry in his Ohio hometown.
The effort started on Facebook on Sunday, with nearly $156,000 pledged to the Athens County Food Pantry.
Many donations have come from Louisiana.
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When the LSU quarterback accepted the award as college football’s best player on Saturday, he talked about growing up in Athens.
His father, Jimmy, was the defensive coordinator at Ohio University in Athens from 2005 to 2018.
Athens High School and Ohio University graduate Will Drabold said he started the fundraising effort at about 11 a.m. Sunday, with a goal of $1,000.
It quickly gained momentum on social media and took off when donations started coming from Louisiana. The average donation has been $33.
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