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Browns unveil long-awaited statue of legendary quarterback Otto Graham

Posted: 9:43 PM, Sep 07, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-07 21:43:32-04
Otto Graham statue

CLEVELAND — Legendary Browns quarterback Otto Graham had already been immortalized in the memories of Browns fans old and young, but on Saturday he was immortalized with a long-awaited statue made in his likeness.

The team unveiled the statue on the southwest side of FirstEnergy Stadium during a ceremony in honor of Graham’s career and life.

Graham is considered by many to be one of the best quarterbacks in football history.

He was a member of the first Browns team in 1946 and played all 10 of his professional seasons in Cleveland. With Graham at quarterback, the Browns appeared in 10 straight title games and won four All-America Football Conference championships, as well as three NFL championships.

In his final game with the Browns, Graham—who had announced his retirement following the 1954 season but was convinced to return for one more year—threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more in a 38-14 NFL Championship victory over the Los Angeles Rams.

Over his 10-year career, Graham threw for 23,584 yards with 174 passing touchdowns and 44 rushing touchdowns. Graham was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1965, was a part of the inaugural class of Browns Legends in 2001 and was inducted into the Browns’ Ring of Honor in 2010.

Graham died in 2003 at the age of 83.

Browns' alumni—including Bernie Kosar—team personnel and executives, joined fans and 39 of Graham’s family members in the statue unveiling.

Graham's 95-year-old wife Beverly attended and spoke at the ceremony as well.

Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens reflected on the ceremony and how much it means to Cleveland at a press conference ahead of the statue unveiling.

"They laid the foundation," Kitchens said. "I feel like Cleveland is unique from the standpoint of the alumni and once you are a Brown, it is a little bit different being here in Cleveland than it has at other places I have been."

The statue will reside at FirstEnergy Stadium’s University Hospitals Gate where fans can take pictures and remember the life and career of one of the best to ever play the game.

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BROWNS 2019 SEASON RESULTS

Preseason

WEEK 1 · Thu 08/08 · Browns 30, Redskins 10 (1-0)

WEEK 2 · Sat 08/17 · Browns 21, Colts 18 (2-0)

WEEK 3 · Fri 08/23 · Buccaneers 13, Browns 12 (2-1)

WEEK 4 · Thu 08/29 · Browns 20, Lions 16 (3-1)

Regular Season

WEEK 1 · Sun 09/08 · Titans 43, Browns 13 (0-1)

WEEK 2 · Mon 09/16 · Browns 23, Jets 3 (1-1)

WEEK 3 · Sun 09/22 · Rams 20, Browns 13 (1-2)

WEEK 4 · Sun 09/29 · Browns 40, Ravens 25 (2-2)

WEEK 5 · Mon 10/07 · 49ers 31, Browns 3 (2-3)

WEEK 6 · Sun 10/13 · Seahawks 32, Browns 28 (2-4)

WEEK 7 Bye

WEEK 8 · Sun 10/27 · Patriots 27, Browns 13 (2-5)

WEEK 9 · Sun 11/03 · Broncos 24, Browns 19 (2-6)

WEEK 10 · Sun 11/10 · Browns 19, Bills 16 (3-6)

WEEK 11 · Thu 11/14 · Browns 21, Steelers 7 (4-6)

WEEK 12 · Sun 11/24 · Browns 41, Dolphins 24 (5-6)

WEEK 13 · Sun 12/01 · Steelers 20, Browns 13 (5-7)

WEEK 14 · Sun 12/08 · Browns 27, Bengals 19 (6-7)

WEEK 15 · Sun 12/15 · Cardinals 38, Browns 24 (6-8)

WEEK 16 · Sun 12/22 · Ravens 31, Browns 15 (6-9)

WEEK 17 · Sun 12/29 · Bengals 33, Browns 23 (6-10)