George Foreman visits Lufkin

By Ryan Peterson

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -  With the summer Olympics concluding this weekend, a former Olympic champion is hanging out in Lufkin.  George Foreman was at the Red Barn helping raise money for Prevent Blindness Texas.

Foreman won a boxing gold medal for the United States back in 1968, in Mexico City.  Thursday night he was the 2nd annual Rib Eye Round Up Forman.  The Red Barn hosted a cook out, cook off.  There was also a silent auction.

"40 years ago I'm an Olympic gold medalist," Foreman says.  "Today I'm helping Prevent Blindness Texas. What better way to take a gold medal?"

All of the money raised goes to eye safety programs and research for children.

The former heavyweight boxing champion of the world was the star of the round up, taking hundreds of pictures.  With so much good food around, it was tough to catch him without his mouth full.

"I think it's a wonderful occasion with the Round Up," Forman says.  "I get my boys to come with me and watch me eat. It's a ball."

When I asked Foreman if we'd ever see him in the ring again, he answered "No. My wife would kill me."

He did say he'd like to go back to the Olympics, but only for the food.