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Before the Cavaliers won the NBA Finals on Sunday, legendary running back Jim Brown was a part of the Cleveland Browns squad who last won a title for the city in 1964. Fast forward to 2016 and LeBron James finally delivered on his promise to bring the city it’s first major professional sports championship in 52 years.
This fall, Jim Brown is receiving a statue outside of First Energy Stadium and the hall of fame RB believes LeBron James should have a statue as well when he retires from basketball.
Via the Akron Beacon Journal:
“[Cavaliers owner Dan] Gilbert is going to give him a statue. He’d better give him a statue,” Brown said Monday, with a chuckle, to the Akron Beacon Journal. “That young man put out so much blood, sweat and tears, it’s unbelievable. He gave up his life. He could’ve had a heart attack he was playing so hard. So they’d better give him a statue. That’s the least they could do.”
“[He’s] a young man who has taken responsibility on every level — community, family, team, organization, city — and he’s done it with grace. He’s carried himself well. He has bitten the bullet many times, and it’s paid off for him. His legacy is set, and I’m so happy for him.”
Before Game 3 of the 2015 Finals, LeBron stopped as he noticed the legendary Browns RB and gave him a bow.
“LeBron has given me a lot of respect, and it hasn’t gone by my ears and eyes,” Brown, who will participate in the Cavs’ victory parade, told the Beacon Journal on Monday. “This young man has recognized me as a part of that family, and I’m so happy to go back and show my respect, and to enjoy this and show how much we appreciate it, and to wave to those fans.”