Sunday, May 15, 2016

Danny Hodge Honored with Statue

Perry to celebrate favorite son Danny Hodge
by Tulsa World Sr. Sports Columnist John Klein
Friday May 13, 2016 Article Link

Cleveland has a Billy Vessels statue, a hometown monument to Oklahoma’s first Heisman Trophy winner.

When you get off the turnpike in Miami you drive onto Steve Owens Boulevard, a tribute to its hometown Heisman winner and NFL star.

Danny Hodge, considered by many to be the greatest collegiate wrestler in history, will be honored with a statue in his hometown of Perry this week.

A statue of Hodge will be unveiled at 10 a.m. Saturday, the day after his 84th birthday, in a new park dedicated to Perry wrestling.

“I’ve wrestled in Tulsa and all over the world,” Hodge said. “I was always happy to come back home.”

The celebration will be attended by many Oklahoma wrestling stars, including Oklahoma State coach John Smith, Oklahoma coach Mark Cody and dozens of former wrestling champions from around the state.

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