On senior night, Joe Burrow pays tribute to place that resurrected his career


Earlier this week, Joe Burrow talked about how the state of Louisiana and the LSU fan base embraced his family. 

He mentioned how people stopped his parents and relatives to thank them for sending him to Baton Rouge.  Burrow said Saturday night that his family was also thankful to LSU for “resurrecting my career” among other things.

So the Heisman Trophy candidate decided to show fans in Tiger Stadium just how much he appreciated them Saturday night ahead of the team’s matchup with Texas A&M.  When Burrow was announced during the senior night festivities, he came out with a jersey that had a little Louisiana flair added to his name.

Instead of the Burrow that is now written several times in the SEC and LSU record books, his No. 9 uniform sported the spelling “Burreaux.”

Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron said that was all his senior quarterbacks idea.   

“It came to me kind of early in the week and I went to our equipment guy to see if we could get it done,” Burrow said. “I thought it would just be an awesome tribute to the state and to the university.  I think it was great.”  

The 102,218 fans in attendance gave the quarterback the first of several standing ovations he’d receive that night. 

The second came, when Burtow checked out of the game in the fourth quarter after throwing for 352 yards and three touchdowns in LSU’s 50-7 win against the Aggies, setting the SEC’s single season passing yard record and tying the league’s passing touchdown mark. 

Burrow said after the game that he thought he was going to be in for the whole drive, but said it was a special moment.

After the win, he went over to the student section and received one more congratulatory applause from the fan base.

“Obviously, I don’t go to class because I take online classes.  So I don’t get to see any of those people and I just wanted to kind of see ‘em for the first time and just thank them for coming to games and making this the best atmosphere in the country,” Burrow said with a laugh. 

Orgeron said moments like those just show how much Burrow means to Louisiana.  The LSU coach said he was happy for the success Burrow’s had this season.

“I'm very proud of Joe,” Orgeron said. “…his family, they trusted in us.  They trusted in LSU. They trusted in the plan that we gave them, and he took a leap of faith and it worked out for him.”

Burrow already has had, statistically, the best regular season in LSU history, setting the school's passing touchdown, yards and completion percentage mark in addition to helping Thad Moss, Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Ja’Marr Chase break few records as well.

Burrow’s teammates say he’s proven to be the kind of player they’ll want to say they played with.

“Hopefully, I’ll tell my kids one day that I blocked for him,” LSU defensive lineman Breiden Fehoko said with a laugh.

Fehoko, who like Burrow, transferred from another program (Texas Tech) said he’s been very impressed with what he’s seen from LSU’s quarterback. 

“Not gonna count the eggs before they hatch, but Joe is one of the best players I’ve been around,” Fehoko said.  “You know I’ve been around some good quarterbacks Baker (Mayfield), Pat Mahommes, Davis Webb… all these guys that had really good college and NFL careers and Joe is one of those guys.”