“To have NFL Films do a piece on such great athletes as Paul Warfield and Dick LeBeau at Urbana Country Club was an honor for us to be a part of,” said UCC Director of Operations William Unger III. “It was exciting for us to host these gentlemen, the crew from NFL Films, along with the fundraising event that was held for the United Way (on July 21). I know our members and guests who were part of the experience really enjoyed it and had nothing but great things to say about having that up-close interaction with everyone involved. I hope we have the privilege of hosting events like this in the future.”
LeBeau and Warfield are both Ohio natives and both played football at Ohio State, though not at the same time.
The episode focuses on the special bond LeBeau and Warfield had on and off the field beginning in the early 1960s. At that time, LeBeau was a defensive back for the Detroit Lions and Warfield a wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns.
Warfield was recently named one of the top 10 receivers on the NFL 100 All-Time Team.
“I’m pleased and appreciative that we could capture the story of this unique relationship, especially in this NFL 100 season when so much of the game’s history is being celebrated,” said NFL Films Senior Producer Paul Camarata.
LeBeau, who grew up in nearby London, Ohio, has played rounds of golf at Urbana Country Club for over 60 years.
He was in attendance for the first Jack Nicklaus- Sam Snead exhibition match held at UCC in 1956.
Urbana Country Club is known as the Dye Original course since its first nine holes were designed and built in 1922 by “Pink” Dye, father of worldrenowned golf course designer Pete Dye; the second nine was designed by P.B. Dye — who is Pete’s son — and opened in 1993.
This past fall, P.B.’s front nine underwent some renovations including new sand for the bunkers and the third and sixth greens were reworked.
Pete Dye died on Thursday at the age of 94.