Bronzed Heroes – Johnny “Red” Kerr
Yesterday (as well as right now probably thanks to autopost) I spent some time in the United Center for the NCAA Tournament. As you walk in the main Madison Avenue entrance a statue of Johnny Kerr greets you. As a young man growing up watching the Bulls Johnny was as much of a part of the experience as Michael Jordan was. He was the voice behind the broadcasts. I also enjoyed listening to him, and was sorry to hear of his passing.
This sculpture was unveiled just 16 days before Johnny succumbed to cancer. In a strange twist of fate he died on the same day as another Bulls icon Norm Van Lier. I had no idea of the circumstances of the sculpture until I looked them up when I came home. I may have to take a closer look at it when I am at the United Center today.