Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Director Mary Mertz temporarily renamed three Ohio state parks on Monday to honor current and past players of the Cincinnati Bengals tied to the Super Bowl.
“We’re incredibly proud of the Bengals and everything they’ve accomplished this season,” DeWine said. “The whole state will be supporting Cincinnati on Sunday, and it’s a fun way to show your support for orange and black.”
Ahead of Super Bowl LVI on Sunday, Burr Oak State Park in Glouster will be called “Burrow Oak State Park” in honor of Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow, who grew up near Athens, in Ohio. If the Bengals top the Rams on Sunday, Burrow will become the first quarterback in history to win the Heisman Trophy, a national championship and the Super Bowl.
Burrow Oak State Park Sign – Evan McPherson, whose game-winning kicks in AFC Divisional Playoffs and Conference Championship games helped send the Bengals to the Super Bowl, will be celebrated at Paint Creek State Park near Greenfield with the nickname “Evan McPherson Extra Point Creek State Park.
Extra Point Creek – Hueston Woods State Park sign at College Corner will honor legendary Bengals running backs Ickey Woods. The park, now dubbed “Ickey Woods State Park”, is located between Cincinnati and Dayton.
The three parks will each have updated signage this week that will display the names of the celebration parks. When all signs are in place, the 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.
Submitted by Office of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine.
Here’s what a temporarily modified sign will look like at Paint Creek State Park honoring the Cincinnati Bengals playing Sunday’s Super Bowl.