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UPDATE: It was tough on two Fargo second graders the day Joe Burrow moved to Ohio

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Louisiana State quarterback Joe Burrow hugs family members as seniors are recognized before their game against the Texas A&M on Nov. 30. Burrow's father Jimmy (far right) was a defensive coordinator at North Dakota State in 2003 and 2004. Chuck Cook / USA TODAY Sports
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FARGO - Jimmy Burrow said this week that when he left his position as defensive coordinator for the North Dakota State football team in 2004 to take a similar position at Ohio University, the move was tough on his family. Especially his second grade son, Joe.

It was also tough on Joe's best friend in Fargo, Sam Hendricks.

"Joey, as we called him," said Chuck Hendricks, Sam's father and a former NDSU basketball player.

Now a senior quarterback for LSU and a big favorite to win the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night, Joe Burrow and Sam Hendricks reconnected recently and stay in touch through Twitter. Chuck said Joe Burrow invited his son to a game this year.

Chuck read a Forum story this week on Joe Burrow's connection to Fargo and Centennial Elementary and immediately recalled the fond memories between the two families. They stayed in touch through the years with Christmas cards.

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"We are very proud of our old friend from elementary school days," Chuck said. "We are pulling for him to take home the big 'H' trophy."

Chuck said he still has photos of the kids on his front steps of the day the Burrows left for Ohio. When Joe Burrow was a backup quarterback at Ohio State, Chuck said he would watch games trying to get a glimpse of Joe standing on the sideline. He would watch them to the end hoping Joe would get some mop-up playing time.

Burrow later transferred to LSU before the 2018 season and has turned in two of the most impressive years in school history.

"His story of perseverance to reach his dream is impressive," Chuck said.

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Louisiana State quarterback Joe Burrow, the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy this weekend, lived in Fargo as a kid for two years when his father, Jimmy Burrow, was the North Dakota State defensive coordinator in 2003 and 2004. Chuck Cook / USA TODAY Sports

Jeff would like to dispel the notion he was around when Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press, but he is on his third decade of reporting with Forum Communications. The son of a reporter and an English teacher, and the brother of a reporter, Jeff has worked at the Jamestown Sun, Bismarck Tribune and since 1990 The Forum, where he's covered North Dakota State athletics since 1995.
Jeff has covered all nine of NDSU's Division I FCS national football titles and has written three books: "Horns Up," "North Dakota Tough" and "Covid Kids." He is the radio host of "The Golf Show with Jeff Kolpack" April through August.
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