MARCH 2011

Gerdau Ameristeel builds monument honoring football

Fort Worth, Texas, unveiled a seven ton monument built by Gerdau Ameristeel, honoring the tradition of Texas high school football in Fort Worth’s Sundance Square. The ceremony included appearances by Fort Worth Mayor Mike Moncrief, Dallas native and professional football legend Tim Brown, and David O’Brien, son of college football icon Davey O’Brien.

The Cradle of Champions monument, made entirely of repurposed steel, lists nearly 2,000 names of former Texas high school football players who have successfully reached “The League.” The monument, which illuminates Fort Worth’s downtown district, depicts the state of Texas along with football imagery to pay homage to the rich history of football in the Lone-Star State.

Gerdau Ameristeel utilized steel from the demolished stadium in North Texas with steel scraps donated from high school football facilities across the state. Processed and reborn at the company’s steel mini-mill in Midlothian, Texas, the steel was melted and repurposed to create the 16 feet high legacy structure weighing more than 7 tons.

The “Cradle of Champions” monument was designed by Tampa-based Schifino Lee and fabricated by Fort Worth-based Thornton Steel. The structure will stay in North Texas and stand as a tribute to the widespread talent of Texas’ young athletes.