CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – Jim Brown stood with his wife, Monique, and son, Aris, with pride as he looked up at his likeness that now stands outside of FirstEnergy Stadium.
“It’s a fantastic moment,” Brown said. “It’s a great moment because I feel it throughout my body.”
The bronze statue was commissioned by Browns owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam on Feb. 17, 2016 in celebration of Brown’s 80th birthday and unveiled 2.5 hours prior to their home opener against the Baltimore Ravens on the southeast plaza of the stadium.
“It is great for Jim Brown and his family and great for the organization, for sure, and a long time coming,” owner Jimmy Haslam said.
The statue depicts Brown’s patented running pose with the football tucked tightly in his left arm and right arm extended ready to deliver a blow to a defender. Each of the 4 sides of the marble base are inscribed with his biography and accomplishments and includes lighting to illuminate it at night.
“I think one of the reasons we have such a tremendous fan base today is that so many of us grew up watching Jim Brown play and remember 32 and how he dominated for nine years,” Haslam said.
Brown, inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971, retired following the 1965 season and had stretches of time where he was kept at arms length from the team he led to their last title in 1964 but that changed when the Haslam’s bought the team in 2012.
Brown, who walks with a cane that has ‘Cleveland Browns’ inscribed down the front, now serves as a special adviser to the team.
“I watch him relate to our players who are almost 60 years younger than him and he still has the ability to relate,” Haslam said.
“Jim is a very wise man, he’s been great counsel to Dee and I as we learn the NFL business. He’s a very smart, savvy guy who I think relates to people of all ages and people of all color.”
Brown still holds the league record for most consecutive and total rushing titles as well as franchise records for total net yards, rushing yards, career touchdowns, rushing touchdowns, carries, points in a season, touchdowns in a season, 7 1,000 yard rushing seasons and 58 100-yard games.
Jim Brown Statue Quick Facts
• Material – Bronze with stainless steel metal support
• Total statue height – 11’, 6” (138 inches)
• Figure height – 8’, 6” (102 inches)
• Figure width – 4’, 8” (56 inches)
• Base height – 3’ (36 inches)
• Base length and width – 4’, 4” (52 inches)
• Statue weight – More than 2,000 lbs.