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Warren honors hometown hero Paul Warfield

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WARREN, Ohio - People call him one of the best athletes to ever come from the Mahoning Valley.

Thursday night, NFL Hall of Famer and Warren Harding graduate, Paul Warfield was honored with his own statue.

Warren Harding High School graduated 27 different students who would later play in the NFL but Paul Warfield is probably the most accomplished and celebrated.

Warfield graduated in 1960 but today he was immortalized in bronze outside Mollenkopf Stadium.

He played at Ohio State and went on the play in the NFL for 13 seasons, eight for the Cleveland Brown which included their last championship team in 1964, and four with the Miami Dolphins were he won two super bowl rings.

Warren athletic director, Paul Trina, says Warfield is definitely someone all students can look up to.

"A man of respect a man who was responsible in the classroom a great student a very intelligent man who happened to be blessed with a lot of athletic ability for out kids to be able to look at that and emulate that is really special," says Trina.

After seeing his statue, Paul Warfield said, "I am overwhelmed that this community has decided to honor me in such a fashion as having a statue in my honor for future generations to look at so this is truly a highlight of my life."

Warfield tells students not to doubt themselves. He says his teachers had faith in him and encouraged him to get into athletics.

"I think I wanted to do it but I was reluctant I was afraid to do it afraid I might fail but when they gave me the push and supported me by telling me I could do certain things that helped me get over the top," says Warfield.

Warfield will be back at his alma mater Friday night for the ceremonial coin toss at Warren's football game.

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