On the heels of the Cleveland Browns honoring Gold Jacket Jim Brown with a statue at First Energy Stadium, the city of Berea is celebrating one of the Browns greats as well.
A bronze life-size statue of Hall of Fame tackle, Lou “The Toe” Groza will be unveiled on Nov. 19, 2016 at Lou Groza Field, in Berea, Ohio.
Groza and Brown were a part of the Cleveland Browns 1964 Championship Team. Known for his square toe shoe for kicking field goals, Groza played his entire career for the orange and brown and blocked for Brown for a duration of his tenure.
Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1974, he was a longtime resident of Berea and the street where the Cleveland Browns headquarters resides is named in his honor, Lou Groza Blvd.
Made in part by generous donations, the 6-ft. 3-inch, $200,00 bronze memorial statue will stand majestically at the entrance of Lou Groza Field, surrounded by landscaping and lights at its completion.
Former Browns offensive linemen Steve Zahursky, who coaches both tackle and flag teams for the Lou Groza Football, recently applied for a grant through the NFL Foundation’s Player Matching Grant Program and was granted $3,500.
The Lou Groza Football is the premier youth football program in the Berea City School District, offering tackle football, flag football and cheerleading for boys and girls from the communities of Berea, Middleburg Heights and Brook Park.
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The funds will be used to refurbish helmets and purchase other equipment for the youth tackle football program.