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Joe Burrow reps Athens, Ohio with 740 shirt during NFL Draft

LSU quarterback Joe Burrow was repping his hometown of Athens, Ohio, when the Cincinnati Bengals selected him with the No. 1 overall pick of the NFL Draft.

Joe Burrow may be heading to Cincinnati.

But as the Bengals selected him with the No. 1 overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft on Thursday night, the LSU quarterback made it clear where his heart as.

Sitting at his home alongside his mom and dad due to the remote nature of this year's draft, Burrow ditched the traditional suit for a long sleeved white t-shirt. Printed on the top was a green outline of the state of Ohio, with the numbers "740" written inside in black font.

According to Burrow, the shirt was made by Nike, with whom he has signed an endorsement deal with. It was intended to pay tribute to his hometown of Athens, Ohio, with 740 marking the city's area code.

"I just want to show as much appreciation to this area as I can," Burrow said on the television broadcast.

Throughout his rise to becoming one of football's most famous faces, Burrow hasn't been shy to shout out his hometown. During his Heisman Trophy acceptance speech in December, the national champion quarterback made note of the county's poverty problem, which resulted in more than $180,000 in donations to the Athens County Food Pantry.

"Coming from southeast Ohio, the poverty rate is almost twice the national average," Burrow said during his speech. "There are so many people there who don't have a lot, and I'm up here for all those kids in Athens and Athens County who go home to not a lot of food on the table, hungry after school. You guys can be up here, too."

You can follow all the latest from Thursday night's first round of the 2020 NFL Draft on our live blog.

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