“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.” Browns owner Jimmy Haslam
Former running back Jim Brown, notably the best player to put on a Browns jersey, is receiving great honors in form of a statue. The statue will be raised at FirstEnergy Stadium and it’s simply awesome that Brown is able to see his greatness honored in such a way. The announcement was also made on Brown’s 80th birthday, which was yesterday. The agenda for the statue is to be revealed during the teams 2016 Alumni weekend, which occurs some time in September. No word yet on where the statue will be in the stadium, but I am hoping it will be constructed right outside of the stadium, so it can become a visual staple identifying the greatness associated with Cleveland, Ohio! Similar to how Michael Jordan’s statue guards the United Center arena in Chicago.
Since it’s Black History Month, I want to take the time to highlight the strides Brown took to personally end gang violence in the 1980’s. In 1988, NFL Hall of Fame recipient Jim Brown founded the non-profit organization “Amer-I-Can.” The program influences individuals to meet their academic potential and to not conform to negative environmental standards. The program also provides training and education for incarcerated women, which entail a 60-hour curriculum combined with life management/self-improvement programs.