Cleveland’s legend will be immortalized on Sunday.
Jim Brown’s statue will be unveiled at 10:30 a.m. ET in front of FirstEnergy Stadium prior to the Browns’ home opener against the Baltimore Ravens.
The Hall of Fame running back and social activist is expected to be in attendance when his statue is unveiled.
Organizers are keeping the long-awaited statue under wraps. Browns coach Hue Jackson admitted that he hasn’t even seen it yet.
“I have not. I would love to, but I think that is a tremendous honor for Jim. Obviously, I have gotten very close to Jim and really respect his wisdom and his knowledge of this game,” Jackson said. “I can’t think of a better person to put a statue of in front of our stadium. That is going to be exciting for the players as well, and I know for me because I think he is so deserving of that honor.”
The Browns coached admitted that he still feels in awe of Brown when he speaks with him.
“I do sometimes (laughter), I do. He is a very serious man. There is no B.S. to him. He is a very straight shooter, but so intelligent and has had so many different experiences,” Jackson explained. “The things that he has imparted to me I will always treasure and remember about this game and about this organization and about his love and passion for the Cleveland Browns and for the city, for the fans. He is a walking Cleveland Brown, at the end of the day that is what he is. That shows all the time and that comes right from him. That is from his heart, and it is special that way.”
The eight-foot bronze sculpture is the first statue of a Browns player in Cleveland.
Jackson believes there’s no better player that Cleveland and the Browns can pay homage to. The first-year Browns coach confidently deems Brown the best football player of all time.
“I don’t think I need to get that across. I think that is pretty easy to see, and proven,” Jackson said. “He is amazing. That is all I can say to all of you. I just know my time with him has been second to none for me. I think he has been more involved with our players. I think he has touched a lot of our guys here and I think that is sometimes more important than a lot of other different things that we talk about. It is just what he has meant to Cleveland, what he has meant to this organization, what it has meant to him. I just think it’s special.”
Brown led the NFL in rushing in eight of his nine seasons. He was a four-time MVP and led the Browns to their last championship in 1964. He finished his Hall of Fame career with 12,312 rushing yards, and his 104.3 yards per game average is the best in NFL history.