HILLSBORO, Ohio (WCMH) — The city of Hillsboro, Ohio, (east of Cincinnati) rebranded itself as “Hillsburrow” Monday in a nod to the Athens-native quarterback who helped carry the Cincinnati Bengals to a Super Bowl berth.
“Welcome to HILLSBURROW, OH” was plastered in neon letters on a Hillsboro billboard Monday to celebrate Bengals’ quarterback Joe Burrow after his team delivered an overtime AFC Championship victory against the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday, according to a Highland County Ohio-Economic Development Facebook post.
Burrow, a Heisman Trophy winner, has deep roots to Ohio. He attended Athens High School in The Plains, after his father accepted a football coaching job at Ohio University, and enrolled at The Ohio State University for three years before transferring to Louisiana State University, where he went on to help the team win the college championship.
Now, after the meteoric NFL rise from his rookie season last year, despite a knee injury, football fans from outside of Ohio (and, of course, Louisiana) are really tuning into Burrow’s accomplishments.
On Jan. 4 of last year, the kid from Athens tweeted the following:
“Couldn’t be more excited about the future of our organization. We have a great foundation and great people at the top. Look forward to giving the fans what they deserve. Also hopefully that’s the last time I ever have to watch a game on tv.”
On Sunday, in a 27-24 win, Burrow helped the Bengals secure a spot to the Super Bowl, a game they haven’t played in more than 30 years. They’ll face the Los Angeles Rams come Sunday, Feb. 13.