By By Nicholas Fouriezos and The Baltimore Sun
Nov 25, 2013 | 6:38 PM
A $750,000 fund-raising drive in conjunction with the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation was announced Monday to create a statue to honor Moore.
The do-it-all player was known for his equally varied nicknames, ranging from "Sputnik" to "Lightning Lenny." But to many who followed his career, he was simply known as "Spats."
"Well, I'm honored, you know, it's quite natural. I've heard about it for a while through different areas and it's very exciting," said Moore, who did not attend Monday's news conference, which coincided with his 80th birthday.
He's the only player in the NFL in the 40-40 club: 48 touchdowns receiving, 63 touchdowns rushing.
FROM THE AFRO
By Sean Yoes -
November 21, 2019
By Sean Yoes, AFRO Baltimore Editor, firstname.lastname@example.org
GOAT (Greatest Of All-Time) lists are inherently debatable, but the argument regarding the greatest NFL running backs of all-time is less controversial. The consensus of most is Jim Brown was the greatest fullback of all-time, while Gale Sayers was the greatest halfback in the league’s history.
But, the most heated debates of long-time NFL fans usually erupt when people consider the next man after Brown and Sayers.
But, many old school Baltimore football fans point to the man known as “Spats,” the legendary Lenny Moore. And the NFL Hall-of-Famer is one step closer to a statue in his honor.
According to Marvin “Doc” Cheatham, former president of the Baltimore branch of the NAACP, who has spearheaded the effort to have a statue erected honoring Moore, the Arts Council of Baltimore recently gave a nod of support to honor the man who was known by all as a hall of famer on and off the field.
“Great results from our presentation this morning before the Arts Council,” wrote Cheatham in an email. The commission’s vote of support not only validates our project, but also should inject energy into our efforts.”
The Lenny Moore Statue Committee, chaired by former Baltimore City Councilman Carl Stokes, will hold a private planning meeting on Nov. 25, to discuss next steps in what has been a lengthy, but very worthwhile process to honor the great Moore.
Nobody asked me, but it would be a great thing if the much-discussed, long-delayed Lenny Moore statue could become a reality in the coming year. Seeing Moore, the Baltimore Colts running back and NFL Hall of Famer, during halftime of the Ravens-Patriots game, reminded me of the cause and the need for funds to make it happen. I first floated the idea in this column eight years ago. Doc Cheatham, long-time civic activist, leads the group that has been pushing for a bronze tribute to Moore, who turns 86 later this month. “We’re in the preliminary stages of site selection,” Cheatham says, “and we’ll make a presentation to the Baltimore Public Art Commission next week.”