COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources have temporarily renamed three state parks to honor current and past players of the Super Bowl-bound Cincinnati Bengals.
“We are incredibly proud of the Bengals and everything they have accomplished this season,” said DeWine. “The whole state will be rooting for Cincinnati on Sunday, and this is a fun way to show support for the orange and black."
Burr Oak State Park in Glouster will be referred to as Burrow Oak State Park in honor of Athens native Joe Burrow, who is the current quarterback of the Cincinnati Bengals.
If the Bengals beat the Rams on Sunday, Burrow will become the first quarterback in history to win the Heisman Trophy, a National Championship and the Super Bowl.
Paint Creek State Park in Bainbridge will be named Evan McPherson Extra Point Creek State Park after McPherson, whose game-winning kicks in the divisional playoff and AFC Championship games helped send the Bengals to the Super Bowl.
Lastly, Hueston Woods State Park in College Corner, located between Cincinnati and Dayton, will honor the legendary Bengals running back Ickey Woods. The park will now be dubbed Ickey Woods State Park.
The three parks will each have updated signage put in place this week that will display the celebratory park names. When all signs are in place, ODNR will announce the specific locations of each sign. Ohioans are encouraged to take photos with the signs and tag @GovMikeDeWine, @ohiodnr, and @ohstateparks on social media.
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