BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Former Baltimore Colt Lenny Moore is known for being much more than an NFL Hall of Famer.
Jessica Kartalija reports there’s a renewed effort to memorialize Moore, who has made his mark on the Baltimore community as well.
A statue of Johnny Unitas stands proudly at M&T Bank Stadium, but for years football fans have said someone is missing: NFL Hall of Famer and former Colt Lenny Moore.
“We’d love to put that statue there so it looks like Lenny is throwing it to Spats,” said Marvin “Doc” Cheatham.
Cheatham is co-chairing a fundraising drive to raise money for a bronze statue of Moore, designed by Frederick Kail, who also designed the Johnny Unitas sculpture.
“Unitas said to [Kail], `Don’t let me be down there by myself. Don’t let that statue of me be by myself. Put those guys who helped me get there,'” Cheatham said.
Just last month, a street was named after him. Now, on his 80th birthday, there’s a renewed push to raise money to build the statue and to create a wax figurine of Moore.
“The sweetest, kindest, best man,” said Councilman Carl Stokes.
For years, Moore was a big part of the Ed Block Courage Foundation. Now, they’re helping to fund the project.
Moore played for Penn State and came to the Colts in 1956, when he was named Rookie of the Year.
Former teammate Stan White says a statue of Moore is a must.
“Johnny Unitas and Lenny Moore–when you think of the Colts, you think of those two guys. You see Johnny’s statue outside M&T Bank Stadium and hopefully you’ll see Lenny’s out there, too,” he said.
Moore was recently highlighted in this year’s class for the Maryland State Athletic Hall of Fame.
The group hopes to raise more than $750,000 for the project.
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