LSU title parade draws massive crowds





BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Thousands of LSU fans wearing purple and gold lined streets near Tiger Stadium and packed a basketball arena for a parade on Saturday honoring the football team's national championship season.

A day after visiting with President Donald Trump at the White House, Tigers players rode on trucks pulled by floats and tossed Mardi Gras beads to fans along the route through the western side of campus to the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

Gov. John Bel Edwards, his wife, Donna, and Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broom, rode on a replica streetcar, throwing souvenir cups to the crowds lining the street.

LSU coach Ed Orgeron led players into the arena, shaking both fists above his head as the team was greeted with a raucous standing ovation. Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Joe Burrow sauntered in close behind, wearing sunglasses and a backward baseball cap with beads dangling around his neck.

After the team had taken seats on the floor of the arena, Burrow stood, removed his cap and took a bow when he was introduced over the public address system.

''This is a great cap to a great season,'' Burrow told the screaming fans.

Burrow also presented a replica Heisman Trophy to the school. Orgeron was presented with college football's coaches' award, a crystal football, and the national championship trophy as the LSU band played ''We Are The Champions.''

LSU safety Jacoby Stevens, of Nashville, said he'd always dreamed of playing for the Tigers.

''I've always dreamed of making plays and bringing a trophy back here,'' he said in an interview from the stage. ''Walking in here man, I'm like a little kid from Nashville and would dream of stuff like that. I've had to fight back tears seeing all the people celebrating us, and the crazy thing is, we did this for ya'll. We're celebrating ya'll.''

LSU's most recent national championship was its fourth, but this season has been widely viewed as the best in program history. LSU finished 15-0 with seven victories over teams ranked in the top 10 at the time the games were played. The regular season was highlighted by a thrilling 46-41 triumph at Alabama which ended LSU's eight-game losing streak in the series and secured the Tigers' place atop the SEC West.

LSU followed its 12-0 regular season with lopsided victories over Georgia in the Southeastern Conference championship, Oklahoma in the College Football Playoff semifinal and Clemson in the final.

Along the way, Burrow took ownership of every significant LSU passing record while becoming the first quarterback in the program's century-and-a-quarter history to win the Heisman - and only the second Tigers player at any position to take home college football's most prestigious individual award.

Burrow's 5,671 yards passing tied for third most in a single season in NCAA history and his 60 passing touchdowns set an NCAA record.

LSU led the nation in scoring with 48.4 points per game and in total offense with 568.5 yards per game.

Tigers sophomore Ja'Marr Chase, who caught 84 passes for 1,780 yards and 20 touchdowns, received the Biletnikoff Award as the nation's top receiver.

''I didn't expect this from our people at the parade,'' Orgeron told WVUE-TV. ''It's the first time I've been on a float. ... The celebration here tonight was first-class.''

---

More AP college football: https://apnews.com/APTop25CollegeFootballPoll and https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP-Top25

COMMENTS

More Related News

Trump says he
Trump says he's commuted the sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich
  • US
  • 2020-02-18 18:48:00Z

President Donald Trump has commuted the sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Blagojevich, a Democrat, was convicted in 2011 by a federal jury in Chicago on 17 counts, including an attempt to sell the U.S. Senate seat vacated when President Barack Obama was elected in 2008.

Pelosi Objects to CNN Anchor
Pelosi Objects to CNN Anchor's Claim That Trump Was Acquitted in Impeachment Trial

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) interjected during an interview Saturday to make the case that President Trump was not acquitted from impeachment because his Senate trial lacked additional witnesses and documents demanded by Senate Democrats."You can't have an acquittal unless you have a trial, and you can't have a trial unless you have witnesses and documents - so he can say he's acquitted, and the headlines can say 'acquitted,' but he's impeached forever: branded with that, and not vindicated," Pelosi argued.> His enablers in Washington may have chosen to betray their oath of impartial justice and cover up his abuses of power, but the fact remains: The President is impeached...

Trump
Trump's campaign manager deletes photo of Air Force One at Daytona 500 after users point out it was from 2004

The photo was of President George W. Bush's departure from the Daytona 500 in 2004, Twitter users pointed out. Brad Parscale later posted a new photo.

Democrats Plan to Highlight Health Care and Jobs Over Investigating Trump
Democrats Plan to Highlight Health Care and Jobs Over Investigating Trump

WASHINGTON -- House Democrats, recovering from their failed push to remove President Donald Trump from office, are making a sharp pivot to talking about health care and economic issues, turning away from their investigations of the president as they focus on preserving their majority.Top Democrats said

Trump pushed CIA to find, kill Osama bin Laden
Trump pushed CIA to find, kill Osama bin Laden's son over higher priority targets

When the CIA gave Trump a list of major terror leaders to kill, he said he'd never heard of them but Instead focused on a target with a famous name, sources said.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

Top News: Football