Posts Tagged ‘Statue’

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The Indianapolis Colts will unveil a statue of Peyton Manning on Oct. 7, but his former coach Jim Mora won’t be there.

Mora, Manning’s head coach for the first four years of his career, revealed Wednesday that his former quarterback invited him to the event, but that he turned down the invitation.

“I told him I wasn’t going to come,” Mora said on WNDE radio’s “Query & Schultz” show, according to Dakota Crawford of the Indianapolis Star.

“I had reasons. I would love to come back there, but because of the way I left the Colts, my relationship with (former Colts general manager Bill) Polian, I don’t know. I just wouldn’t feel that I would feel comfortable being there.”

Mora coached Indianapolis for four seasons, going 32-32 while leading the team to the playoffs twice, where it went 0-2. Yet, it was a staffing dispute that led to his departure from the team, as he was fired for refusing to cut ties with defensive coordinator Vic Fangio.

“That’s exactly true,” Mora said. “It was either fire Vic of fire me. I was asked by Bill Polian – I was told by Bill Polian – he wanted me to fire Vic Fangio. I said, ‘Well, he doesn’t deserve to be fired. He’s an outstanding coach, was then and he still is.’ So we had talks with (owner) Jim Irsay, it came down and I wouldn’t do it …

“I couldn’t fire a friend or a coach that I felt was very qualified that didn’t deserve to be fired. So I got fired. That was it.”

It was Mora’s last coaching job in the NFL. He was replaced in Indianapolis by Tony Dungy, and Manning ultimately finished his tenure in Indy being coached by Jim Caldwell.

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The Indianapolis Colts announced Tuesday they will unveil a statue of Peyton Manning on Oct. 7. The next day, their former quarterback’s No. 18 will be retired and he will be inducted into the Ring of Honor at a halftime ceremony during the Colts’ game against the San Francisco 49ers.

The statue will be situated on the north plaza outside of Lucas Oil Stadium.

“Peyton will always be a Colt,” team owner Jim Irsay said. “This will be an event our city, state and Colts fans around the world can celebrate and be proud of.

“I am humbled, and I am grateful to Jim and the Irsay family for this tremendous honor,” said Manning.

Manning owns every major passing record for the Colts and ranks in the top-five in NFL history in every major passing category, including first-place marks in passing yards and touchdowns.

No other Colts player has had his jersey number retired since the team moved from Baltimore to Indianapolis in 1984.

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MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota Twins plan to honor former manager Tom Kelly with a bronze statue outside Target Field.

The team made the announcement at TwinsFest on Friday night. The statue will be unveiled this season, although the date is not yet set.

Kelly led the Twins to World Series titles in 1987 and 1991. His record of 1,140-1,244 places him first on the Twins’ managerial list in wins and games. Kelly retired after the 2001 season. His No. 10 was retired in 2012, the first Twins manager to be so honored.

At Target Field, Kelly’s statue will join the likenesses of Kirby Puckett, Rod Carew, Harmon Killebrew, Calvin Griffith, Carl and Eloise Pohlad, Tony Oliva, and Kent Hrbek.

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The Los Angeles Dodgers will pay homage to one of baseball’s most storied legends at the beginning of the 2017 season.

The organization will unveil a finished statue of Jackie Robinson at Dodger Stadium on April 15, according to J.P. Hoornstra of The Orange County Register.

The ceremony, which is to be held on Jackie Robinson Day, will coincide with the 70th anniversary of Robinson’s major-league debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers, when he officially broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier.

The statue will be approximately 10 feet tall, though the exact place it will stand has yet to be announced.

All fans in attendance at that day’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks will receive a replica statue.

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The Cincinnati Reds will honor Pete Rose again in 2017.

After inducting him into the Reds’ Hall of Fame this past season, the club announced Thursday it will unveil a statue of The Hit King right outside Great American Ball Park on June 17.

Of course, the statue will be of Rose in his signature headfirst slide.

“All of us independently arrived at the headfirst slide depiction,” sculptor Tom Tsuchiya said, according to MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon. “The pose symbolizes his aggressive style of play, and the sculpture captures Pete at the moment he touches down.”

The ceremony will take place prior to a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

All fans in attendance will also receive a replica statue.


INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Colts have commissioned city firefighter and artist Ryan Feeney to create a statue of former Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning.
The Colts say the statue will be placed outside Lucas Oil Stadium next year. Manning was quarterback of the Colts for 14 seasons, leading them to a Super Bowl title, and retired after playing four seasons with the Denver Broncos, leading them to a Super Bowl win last season.
Feeney is founder of Indy Art Forge and has created numerous works around Indianapolis, including the Peace Dove sculpture for the Indianapolis library, the Fallen Deputy Memorial in front of the Marion County Jail and the bronze eagle at the Indianapolis 9-11 Memorial.

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Take it from the key member of the last major sports franchise to win a title in Cleveland: LeBron James is a legend who deserves a statue there.That’s from Jim Brown.

One of the greatest sports icons and football players who ever lived.

“(Cavaliers owner Dan) Gilbert is going to give him a statue,” Brown joked to the Akron Beacon Journal’s Nate Ulrich in the wake of Cleveland’s first pro sports championship since Brown’s Browns in 1964.

“He’d better give him a statue. That young man put out so much blood, sweat and tears, it’s unbelievable … 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.”

The Browns are set to unveil a statue of the legendary running back at FirstEnergy Stadium this season.

Brown, 80, told the Beacon Journal he also plans on attending the Cavs’ victory parade on Wednesday.

Despite walking away from the NFL at just 29 in 1965, Brown’s reputation as one of the game’s greatest players is still intact. And while he went on to gain further fame as an actor and social activist, Brown still holds Cleveland close to his heart.

“I just got through watching documentaries on what didn’t happen – The Fumble, The Drive, the this, the that,” said Brown. “So what about this – coming back from 3-1 for the first time in history? The historic event that just occurred gives us a totally fresh start.”