NFL Legend comes home to Harding
NFL Hall of Famer, and Warren G. Harding alumni Paul Warfield was honored on Tuesday as a “Hometown Hall of Famer,” a national program in conjunction with the Allstate Insurance Company honoring the hometown roots of the sport’s greatest players. Warfield, a 1960 graduate of Warren G. Harding High School was selected in the first round of the 1964 draft by the Cleveland Browns. He stayed with the Browns through the 1969 season, playing receiver on the 1964 NFL Championship team. In 1970 Warfield was traded to the Miami Dolphins, he played on back-to-back Super Bowl championship teams. The ’72 Dolphins remain the only undefeated team in NFL history. Warfield returned to the Browns in 1976 and played two more seasons before retiring.
However, for Warfield, Tuesday was about more then honoring his playing days in the NFL, ”I wanted to emphasize to them (the students) that teachers, contrary to what some people are saying these days, play an important role encouraging and nurturing students, whether it’s academically or athletically. I found it on both ends as far as I was concerned from teachers and coaches that encouraged me.”