Was Joe Burrow’s First Trip To Louisiana Actually A Trip To Shreveport?
This weekend, Joe Burrow solidified his place as an LSU Football legend by winning the school's second ever Heisman Trophy (Billy Cannon won the first). An award victory that set multiple records.
Now Burrow does have unfinished business, with a College Football Playoff game against Oklahoma on the way, and possibly a trip to the National Championship Game. But no matter what happens in those games, Joe is now locked in as one of the greatest Tigers of all time.
After winning the Heisman, Burrow sat down with another LSU legend, Shreveport's Jacob Hester, for an interview on Hangin' With Hester (you can hear the show weekdays at 1130thetiger.com) where Burrow revealed a detail about his relationship with the state of Louisiana. Burrow's first trip to the state was with his dad for a bowl game.
Burrow's father Jimmy is a former NFL and CFL player, who became a coach after his playing days. He coached at Washington State, Iowa State, Nebraska, North Dakota State, and the team that brought Joe Burrow to Louisiana, the Ohio Bobcats. Jimmy Burrow was the Defensive Coordinator for the Ohio Bobcats from 2005 to his retirement in 2018. During that time, Ohio made multiple bowl appearances, including two in Louisiana.
So if Joe Burrow said his first trip to the state was with his dad for a bowl game, that means it was one of two games; Ohio's trip to the New Orleans Bowl in 2010, or their 2012 appearance in Shreveport's Independence Bowl.
This means Joe Burrow's first exposure to Louisiana may have been Shreveport!
Joe Burrow's first experience with a state he now loves, may have been sitting in Shreveport's Independence Stadium, watching his dad's Ohio team crush ULM 45-14 in the Independence Bowl. Which is pretty cool.
Now we just need to confirm the theory.