Warren Harding’s football tradition is one of the best in the state of Ohio. Thursday night, one of the school’s most esteemed football alumni was honored by his alma mater.
The school held a ceremony to unveil a bronzed statue of Raiders great, Paul Warfield. The statue, along with two stone monuments are displayed at the West grandstand entrance of Mollenkopf Stadium.
“This is a tremendous tribute,” says Warfield, who was accompianed by family and friends. “This is my hometown. Things started for me here. I’m overwhelmed by the people who put this project together, their work, and their diligence. Again, I feel that for a guy that caught passes and ran footballs, you look for more when you pay a guy a tribute. But, I’m overwhelmed by it. I’m initially proud of the fact that my hometown feels this way about me.”
Warfield played in the late 50’s when Harding’s mascot was actually the Panthers. He was also presented with a key to the city, a Panthers game jersey, and had a street re-named “Paul Warfield Way.”
Warfield went on to star at Ohio State, before playing a hall of fame career in the NFL with the Browns and Dolphins. He is a two-time Super Bowl champion.