Browns to honor Jim Brown with a statue
Today is the 80th birthday day of NFL legend Jim Brown and the Cleveland Browns gave him one very special present. The team announced today that they will honor the Hall of Famer with a statue outside of FirstEnergy Stadium. That statue will be unveiled during the teams 2016 Alumni Weekend.
Jim Brown received a special 80th birthday present today when the Cleveland Browns announced they will erect a statue in his image during the team’s 2016 Alumni Weekend.
The Browns announced the news in a team release.
“Everyone admires the incredible impact that Jim Brown has made for Cleveland, the Browns and the NFL throughout his lifetime, and we have had the special opportunity to know and learn from his contributions to our team on a personal level, as well,” said owner Jimmy Haslam and his wife Dee. “It is only fitting that one of the most iconic professional football players and members of Cleveland and the Browns is commemorated with this statue as he will always be such a permanent fixture in our city.” (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Brown is one of the all time greats of the game and without a doubt a LEGEND in Cleveland. He ran for over 12,000 yards and only finished under 1,000 in season twice over his nine year career. Even more impressive about that is the league only played 12 games at the time. He’s also the ONLY player in history to average over 100 yards per game.
Most importantly though he’ll always be remembered for helping the Browns win their last championship in 1964. He is without a doubt a man more than deserving of a statue outside of FirstEnergy Stadium. To announce it on his birthday as well is even more special.
“It humbles me to be honored in this manner,” said Jim Brown in the same release. “Dee and Jimmy Haslam, thank you for the respect and love. Your investment in Cleveland is unparalleled. To the fans of the Cleveland Browns, I guess I’ll always be with you – thank you. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)”