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Report: Palmer statue to be erected at Wake Forest

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The King is going bronze.

Arnold Palmer, who played for Wake Forest in the early 1950s, will have a statue erected in his honor outside the team’s practice facility, according to a report Monday in the Winston-Salem Journal.

“It’s nice that they are doing that,” Palmer wrote in an email to the newspaper. “I’m not sure that it is really deserved. Still, I can’t wait to see it and (I want) to thank everyone who has had something to do with it.”

Palmer won the 1954 ACC Championship and helped redesign the Demon Deacons’ practice facility in 2010.

Wake Forest athletic director Ron Wellman told the newspaper: “(Palmer) has been deeply involved and supportive of our athletic and golf programs. He is not only one of the most recognizable Wake Forest alums, he also continues to be one of the most recognizable professional athletes in the world. He has been and continues to be a fantastic ambassador for our university.”