Jim Brown

Football Player

James Nathaniel "Jim" Brown is an American former professional football player who has also made his mark as an actor. He is best known for his exceptional and record-setting nine-year career as a running back for the NFL Cleveland Browns from 1957 to 1965. In 2002, he was named by Sporting News as the greatest professional football player ever. He is considered to be one of the greatest professional athletes the U.S. has ever produced.… Read More

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1936 Birth Born on February 17, 1936.


1957 21 Years Old 1 More Event
He is best known for his record-setting nine-year career as a fullback for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL) from 1957 through 1965. … Read More
1963 27 Years Old Brown's 1,863 rushing yards in the 1963 season remain a Cleveland franchise record. … Read More
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During Brown's career, Cleveland won the NFL championship in 1964 and were runners-up in 1957 and 1965, his rookie and final season, respectively.


1966 30 Years Old 1 More Event
In early 1966, Brown was shooting his second film in London. … Read More
1967 31 Years Old Brown went on to play a villain in a 1967 episode of I Spy called "Cops and Robbers", then the leading role as a Southern sheriff in the 1970 movie tick tick tick, as well as in numerous other features such as Riot, The Split and Slaughter, starring in a number of crime films and westerns.
1968 32 Years Old Biographer Mike Freeman credits Brown with becoming "the first black action star," thanks to roles like the Marine captain he portrayed in the hit 1968 film Ice Station Zebra.
1969 33 Years Old In 1969, Brown starred in 100 Rifles with Burt Reynolds and Raquel Welch. … Read More
1971 35 Years Old Brown's memorable professional career led to his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971, while The Sporting News selected him as the greatest football player of all time. … Read More
1974 38 Years Old Brown acted with Fred Williamson in films such as 1974's Three the Hard Way, 1975's Take a Hard Ride, 1982's One Down, Two to Go, 1996's Original Gangstas and 2002's On the Edge. … Read More


1978 42 Years Old Brown served as a color analyst on NFL telecasts for CBS in 1978, teaming with Vin Scully and George Allen.
1983 47 Years Old In 1983, seventeen years after retiring from professional football, Brown mused about coming out of retirement to play for the Los Angeles Raiders when it appeared that Pittsburgh Steelers running back Franco Harris would break his all-time rushing record. … Read More
1984 48 Years Old 1 More Event
Eventually, Walter Payton of the Chicago Bears broke the record on October 7, 1984, with Brown having ended thoughts of a comeback.


1989 53 Years Old Brown's autobiography was published in 1989 by Zebra Books. … Read More
1993 57 Years Old In 1993, Brown was hired as a color commentator for the Ultimate Fighting Championship, a role he occupied for the first six pay-per-view events. … Read More


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2008 72 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2008, Brown initiated a lawsuit against Sony and EA Sports for using his likeness in the Madden NFL video game series. … Read More
2010 74 Years Old On November 4, 2010, Brown was chosen by NFL Network's NFL Films production The Top 100: NFL's Greatest Players as the second-greatest player in NFL history, behind only Jerry Rice.
2012 76 Years Old Brown is also a part owner of the New York Lizards of Major League Lacrosse, joining a group of investors in the purchase of the team in 2012.
2013 77 Years Old On May 29, 2013, Brown was named a special adviser to the Browns.
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