CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Browns held a special ceremony before their home opener against the Ravens Sunday to unveil a statue of Browns Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown.
Jim Brown was on hand for the ceremony, and called it one of the great moments of his life. “There is a natural feeling that I have today of joy and celebration. This represents one of the highest moments of my life because when I look at the audience, about 95 percent of the people I know personally and most of them I know through the work that they do, the work that I do and the work we do together in the community to make it a better community.”
The statue is made of bronze and has a stainless steel support. It stands over 11 feet high and weighs more than 2,000 pounds. It was commissioned by Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and his wife, Dee and was created at Deming Art LLC in Lakewood, Ohio. Plans for the statue were announced on February 17, 2016, which was Brown’s 80th birthday.
This is the first statue at FirstEnergy Stadium, and according to owner Jimmy Haslam, the choice to make Brown the subject was easy. “It is pretty hard to argue with what Jim did as a player. I’m sure you could argue with some various franchises whether he is the greatest NFL player of all time, even the greatest NFL running back, but it would be pretty hard to argue that he is not the greatest Cleveland Brown of all time.”
The unveiling was part of the festivities surrounding Browns Alumni Weekend. Linebacker Dick Ambrose and defensive back Thom Darden were inducted into the Cleveland Browns Legends program on Saturday as part of the weekend celebrations.
Another Cleveland champ was on hand for the unveiling today: