Cleveland Browns Legend and Pro Football Hall of Famer Paul Warfield was honored with the dedication of a life-sized bronze statue at his alma mater, Warren G Harding High School, Thursday.
“The Paul Warfield Project: A Hometown Tribute for a Hometown Icon” honored Warfield’s athletic career, which included playing at Warren G Harding High School and The Ohio State University, as well as the Browns and Miami Dolphins. The Paul Warfield Project was funded solely by community donations.
A three-sport athlete in basketball, football and track at Warren G Harding High School, Warfield earned All-Ohio honors and was named the best back in the state for football. He was also a state champion in the 180-meter low hurdles and long jump, and is enshrined the National High School Hall of Fame. At Ohio State, he was a three-year letter-winner as a starting halfback and earned both All-American and All-Big Ten honors on the gridiron. He was also a two-time All-American in track-and-field at Ohio State.
A first-round draft choice of the Browns, Warfield went on to star as a wide receiver on the 1964 NFL Championship team and earned Ring of Honor and All-Time Browns team honors. After spending time with the Dolphins, Warfield returned to the Browns and earned induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.
He was a six time All-Pro, played in eight Pro Bowls and was named to both the NFL’s Top 100 Players List and the NFL’s All-70s Decade Team.