CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The Cleveland Browns have plans to honor Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown at FirstEnergy Stadium with a statue.
Browns owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam made the announcement Wednesday, which is also Brown's 80th birthday.
"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 the Haslams. "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."
The statue will be erected outside of the southeast corner of FirstEnergy Stadium. No other Browns player has worn his legendary No. 32 since his retirement in 1965.
"It humbles me to be honored in this manner," said Brown. "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."
The Browns are also marking his birthday among his many milestones through a dedicated website, jimbrown.clevelandbrowns.com, and #HappyBirthdayJimBrown.
The team, which is also evaluating opportunities to recognize additional major team contributors with commissioned pieces at FirstEnergy Stadium, will unveil the first sculpture during the 2016 season's Browns Alumni Weekend.
Brown re-joined the Browns as special advisor in 2013.
Jim Browns Career Accomplishments
- Finished his career with 12,312 rushing yards and one of the top per-carry averages (5.2) ever established by a running back
- Brown earned nine consecutive Pro Bowls honors and three Associated Press MVPs
- Guided his team to the postseason four times, including three berths in the league championship and the 1964 world title.
- Eight-time first-team All-Pro
- Led the NFL in rushing during eight of his nine NFL seasons and became the franchise’s all-time career leader in rushing yards, attempts and touchdowns
- All-American at Syracuse, Brown was named the NFL’s Rookie of the Year in 1957
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