February 17, 2016 - Aaron Wilson
Browns to build Jim Brown statue
The Cleveland Browns plan to honor Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown at FirstEnergy Stadium with a statue in his likeness. The statue will be unveiled during the regular season. “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,” owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam said.“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.” “It humbles me to be honored in this manner,” Brown said. “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 commissioned nationally-recognized sculptor David L. Demming for the statue, which will be erected outside of the southeast corner of FirstEnergy Stadium. Hailing from Lakewood, Ohio, Demming has created many distinguished pieces that are featured throughout Cleveland and the United States. Brown celebrates his 80th birthday today. Brown 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, as well as guided his team to the postseason four times, including three berths in the league championship and the 1964 world title. An eight-time first-team All-Pro, he 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. Follow me on Twitter: @AaronWilson_NFL Aaron Wilson covers the Texans for The Houston Chronicle.