One of the area’s greatest athletes in history will be memorialized outside Warren G. Harding’s Mollenkopf Stadium.
“The Paul Warfield Project— A Hometown Tribute to a Hometown Icon” organizers said Tuesday they plan to unveil a Paul Warfield monument before Harding’s Sept. 12 game against Massillon.
There also will be a halftime ceremony dedicating the monument.
Warfield was a three-sport star at Harding, graduating in 1960. He was an All-American running back at Ohio State University and played 13 seasons in the NFL, including eight for the Cleveland Browns. He was part of the Browns 1964 NFL Championship and helped the Miami Dolphins win back-to-back Super Bowls in 1972-73.
High school teammate Ray Yannucci said Warfield was humbled to hear such a grand gesture was being made in his honor.
“Paul’s comment was ‘Why are you doing this for me?’ And I said Paul, it’s long overdue and it’s well deserved,” said Yannucci. “That’s the kind of modest person he is, but he is very thankful for it and we are very pleased to do it.”
Warren Harding Athletic Director Paul Trina said Warfield values education and he wants students to focus on the fact that Warfield was a great athlete, but he also earned his degrees.
“I am really excited about young people learning about Paul and what he represents,” said Trina. “That they would try to follow some of the examples that he left for us. I am really excited about that.”
Warfield was inducted in to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1983.