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.