Baton Rouge zoo names baby giraffe after Joe Burrow
Joe Burrow, the presumptive No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, became a legend at LSU in 2019 and a local zoo is rewarding him for his efforts. After holding a fan vote on social media, a Baton Rouge zoo named a baby giraffe after Burrow.
The three names being considered were Burreaux, Kiume, and Romeo. Of course, Burreaux is the Cajun spelling of Burrow that the senior quarterback wore on the back of his jersey at LSU’s senior night.
The baby giraffe was born on Dec. 26, 2019 and the zoo was trying to determine a fitting name for the calf. Just two days later, Burrow led LSU to a victory over Oklahoma in the college football semi-finals. Then, on Jan. 13, Burrow would defeat Clemson in the National Championship.
There’s no doubt that Joe Burrow put together one of the best seasons from a quarterback in college football history this season. Altogether, Burrow threw for 5,671 yards, 60 touchdowns, and only six interceptions. As a result, Burrow took home the Heisman trophy and is now projected to be taken with the first-overall pick by the Cincinnati Bengals.
Over the past couple of months, things have been pretty hectic for the LSU signal-caller. Since winning the National Championship, Burrow is likely exhausted from doing countless interviews as he prepares for the NFL. However, it has to be refreshing to see a zoo name an animal after you.
Regardless of where Burrow plays in the NFL, people in Baton Rouge will always remember his 2019 campaign. At the least, they’ll have a giraffe that celebrates what Burrow did for the state of Louisiana.