Auburn University to honor Charles Barkley with statue
A new statue will soon stand outside of Auburn Arena.
At the Auburn and Arkansas football game on Saturday October 22nd, Charles Barkley learned he was getting a statue in his honor. It will be the first non-football statue to be placed on Auburn’s campus.
Barkley played at Auburn from 1981-84 before being drafted in the first-round by the Philadelphia 76ers. He played in the NBA from 1984 to 2000 and was one of just four players to collect 20,000 points, 10,000 rebounds and 4,000 assists.
Auburn retired Barkley’s jersey in 2001 and now his figure will forever be outside Auburn Arena.
"It’s just pretty cool," Barkley said. "I never even thought about getting a statue but it’s just great for me and my family and everyone who supported me through the years because you never have success by yourself."
"I’ll tell you what it was a wonderful process to go through," Auburn men’s basketball coach Bruce Pearl said. "It started with the Board of Trustees and their willingness to recognize Charles for his lifetime achievements and his accomplishments as an Auburn man representing this University."
Barkley joins Heisman winners Cam Newton, Bo Jackson and Pat Sullivan to be honored by Auburn with statues.