The Cleveland Browns unveiled a Jim Brown statue at FirstEnergy Stadium on Sunday morning to honor the legendary running back.
Brown is the franchise’s most storied player. With 12,312 rushing yards and 126 total touchdowns in his nine-year career, he’s one of the NFL’s all-time greats.
He was on hand to witness the unveiling. He’s become a regular around team headquarters of late. Head coach Hue Jackson asked him to take an active role in mentoring players and helping to change the culture in Cleveland.
“We’ve got to be able to go back and grab some of the great times that have been here and understand what those were,” Jackson said Friday, per Scott Patsko of Cleveland.com. “You’ve got to have something that you model yourself after. It lies here within the history of this organization and some of the great players who have played here.”
The statue is a long time coming, but better late than never.
Hopefully this marks a new chapter in team history. Since the franchise was re-established 1999, winning hasn’t been part of the equation very often.