Jim Brown
American football player
Jim Brown
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.
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White House Defends Jeff Sessions' Abysmal Voting Rights Record
Huffington Post - about 1 month
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Saturday Sports: Golf, Politics And The Presidency
NPR - about 1 month
Golf will return as the prominent presidential sport. And football legend and African-American icon Jim Brown shocked the political sports community by supporting Donald Trump.
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'I Fell In Love With Trump'
Huffington Post - 2 months
"I fell in love with him because he really talks about helping black people." The "he" is President-elect Donald Trump. The man that spoke of his love fest with Trump was legendary football great Jim Brown. Brown had barely got the loving words of praise about Trump out his mouth before the predictable debate raged. The critics tore into Brown as being an opportunist, a hustler for his at-risk youth foundation, and a photo-op chaser. And these were the more charitable digs at him. Brown is hardly the only prominent black to meet with Trump before, during and after the campaign and his election. In fact, the parade of black preachers, businesspersons, professionals, athletes and entertainers that have either trooped to Trump Tower, or met with him in highly staged and orchestrated venues, has been nothing short of breath taking. Breath taking, because Trump ran the most vicious, unabashed, race baiting, Muslim, and immigrant baiting campaign since state's rights Alabama governor Geor ...
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NFL great Brown on meeting Trump: 'I fell in love with him'
CNN - 2 months
NFL legend Jim Brown stopped by Trump Tower Tuesday for a meeting pegged as a discussion about issues facing the African-American community, saying he "fell in love" with President-elect Donald Trump.
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First Nighter: Kenneth Branagh in John Osborne's "The Entertainer," Kemp Powers's Thrilling "One Night in Miami...," Peter Shaffer's "Amadeus" Undone," "How to Hide a Lion" for Kids
Huffington Post - 4 months
London--Comparisons might be odious, but Kenneth Branagh invites them. Over several decades he's assumed classic roles associated with Laurence Olivier. His Henry V and Hamlet were unquestionably Olivier-worthy. Now, however, he's playing Archie Rice (for another two weeks) in John Osborne's The Entertainer, at the Garrick and as the conclusion to his Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company year. It could be argued that Archie Rice was the great performance of Olivier's later career. I'd certainly make that argument vigorously. As the aging music hall performer, Olivier--frequently at his best when playing a ham (watch him in Sleuth, for instance--pulled out every last stop. His Archie Rice was someone far past his prime, a prime that probably was not much of a prime anyway. His on-setting desperation was visible in the song-and-dance routine that began the play. Branagh starts with a deft tap routine executed in Neil Austin's hazy lighting and augmented by four dancing cuties. Im ...
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Frank Gore passes Jim Brown, now ranks ninth on all-time rushing list
ABC News - 5 months
INDIANAPOLIS -- Colts running back Frank Gore moved ahead of Hall of Famer Jim Brown for ninth place on the NFL's all-time rushing list in the first quarter of Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears. Gore, who is in his 12th NFL season and second with the Colts, went into the game with 12,293 yards and needing just 20 yards to move past Brown (12,312). "I'll be honest, because I'm playing now, I'm really not thinking about it because I am still active and I want to be successful here," Gore said about passing Brown. "I want to do whatever it takes to help this team win." He got the yardage necessary when he gained 16 yards on a run to the left side with about a minute left in the first quarter. The run gave him 30 yards on three carries in the first quarter. "Forget pretty impressive -- it's mighty damn impressive," Colts linebacker Robert Mathis said of Gore earlier in the week. "He's in the presence of...
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Jim Brown on Colin Kaepernick: 'I Am With Him 100 Percent'
ABC News - 6 months
BEREA, Ohio -- Jim Brown stands "100 percent" behind Colin Kaepernick in his decision not to stand for the national anthem before games. Brown, the Cleveland Browns Hall of Fame running back and longtime social activist, appeared on a panel discussion on the NFL Network on Monday night and said that Kaepernick "made all the sense in the world" in explaining his position. "He's within his rights and he's telling the truth as he sees it," Brown said. "I am with him 100 percent." Kaepernick has declined to stand for the anthem at preseason games, saying he did not want "to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color." Brown said that criticism of the San Francisco 49ers quarterback's methods in not standing were off base. He added, though, that he would not protest the same way. "I don't know what the big issue is, because this young man in backing up his statement, becomes stronger.. ...
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Ray Lewis Says He's Still Fighting For Racial Unity Despite BLM Backlash
The Huffington Post - 6 months
Ray Lewis recently opened up about his personal responsibility to continue the humanitarian work of past athletes, such as Muhammad Ali and Jim Brown, to combat gun violence in the urban communities of America. “I’m on the ground now. I won’t stop,” the former Baltimore Ravens linebacker told Cigar Aficionado for the cover story of the October issue. “There’s a war that Jim Brown, Ali, all those guys passed down to me. Why? Because I think everybody in the streets, everybody knows who I’m for, what I’m for and what I stand for. I love these conversations that we’re having now, I hold these conversations at my house to enlighten people on life. I do more for people in broken neighborhoods than probably anybody you’ll ever know. And you won’t find one camera.” More...
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Sports Stars Have An Obligation To Continue The Fight For Social Equity And Justice
Huffington Post - 7 months
The recent tragedies and controversies over several racially tinged incidents has created a conundrum for many people who don't usually speak out about issues of race and inequality. Everyone from Michael Jordan to people in general workplaces have been vocal in a way that they weren't before. Many people are deciding if they should weigh in and if so, to what extent. How discrete or "politically correct" should they be? What will happen if their employer finds out that they are engaged in protests about a controversial issue? There is a history of individuals paying a severe career price for engaging in the movement for civil rights and there has been a heightened level of acceptance and reward in the upper echelons of many industries and institutions for those who are perceived as docile and non-threatening. This may explain the relative silence of many athletes who may believe that speaking out will jeopardize potentially lucrative career opportunities like endorsement deals. If ...
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Jim Brown on Kobe Bryant: I walked away from $25M to retire on top
Fox News - about 1 year
Speaking with Jason Whitlock on 'The Herd,' NFL legend talks about when it's time to walk away and the appearances of making top-shelf money with diminished skills
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Dissecting the Irreversibly Altered Brain of a Pro Football Fan
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Our hour was up, and I happened to mention the Bears game as we walked off the court. My tennis partner smothered the endorphin glow by barking that responsible people ought to stop watching pro football, because -- well, because it's simply bad in just about every way. Intellectually, I didn't disagree. Several years ago, I added football to the list of things that never should have been invented: porn, boxing and booze. Still, I love football. "Get over it," my partner said. My tennis partner, and all the other tennis partners who we're hearing from in the conversation around the new film Concussion -- I fear these people aren't fully aware of what they're asking. Because they haven't examined the brain of a middle-aged NFL football fan. Let's get out the scalpel. *** I was a kid before ESPN came along and injected sports into every home. Our Hudson, Ohio home had music, so I took piano lessons. Dad was into antique cars, so I went to car shows. Both my ...
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The Resurrection of the Black Athlete Activist
Huffington Post - over 1 year
At the opening of the teaser trailer for next month's Star Wars film, an ominous voice intones: "There has been an awakening. Have you felt it?" Though referring to the mystical power of "the force" and the sci-fi universe created by George Lucas, those opening lines might very well have been written for an awakening of different sorts: the renewal of social and political activism by prominent African American athletes. This awakening has been especially visible in the last week, with more than 50 black members of the University of Missouri's football team announcing that they would not "participate in any football related activities until President Tim Wolfe resigned or was removed due to his negligence toward marginalized students' experiences." Disappointed by a lack of university response in recent months to widespread complaints about racial discrimination and intimidation, these African American student-athletes used their clout as public figures to call attention to th ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jim Brown
    FORTIES
  • 2013
    On May 29, 2013, Brown was named a special adviser to the Browns.
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  • 2012
    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.
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  • 2010
    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.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2008
    As of 2008, Brown was serving as an Executive Advisor to the Cleveland Browns, assisting to build relationships with the team's players and to further enhance the NFL's wide range of sponsored programs through the team's player programs department.
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    In 2008, Brown initiated a lawsuit against Sony and EA Sports for using his likeness in the Madden NFL video game series.
    More Details Hide Details He claimed that he "never signed away any rights that would allow his likeness to be used".
  • 2002
    In 2002, film director Spike Lee released the film Jim Brown: All-American, a retrospective on Brown's professional career and personal life.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1999
    Brown was convicted of misdemeanor vandalism in 1999 for damaging the automobile of his wife, Monique.
    More Details Hide Details Rather than participate in domestic violence counseling, community service, and probation, Brown chose instead to serve several months in jail, because, he said, "The conditions of my sentence were ridiculous."
  • 1993
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In 1988 Brown founded the Amer-I-Can Program. He currently works with kids caught up in the gang scene in Los Angeles and Cleveland through this Amer-I-Can program. It is a life management skills organization that operates in inner cities and prisons.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1989
    Brown's autobiography was published in 1989 by Zebra Books.
    More Details Hide Details It was titled Out of Bounds and was co-written with Steve Delsohn. He was a subject of the book Jim: The Author's Self-Centered Memoir of the Great Jim Brown, by James Toback.
  • 1984
    Harris himself, who retired after the 1984 season after playing eight games with the Seattle Seahawks, fell short of Brown's mark.
    More Details Hide Details Following Harris's last season, in that January a challenge between Brown and Harris in a 40-yard dash was nationally televised. Brown, at 48-years old was certain he could beat Harris even though Harris was only 34-years old and just ending his elite career. Harris clocked in at 5.16 seconds, and Brown in at 5.72 seconds.
    Eventually, Walter Payton of the Chicago Bears broke the record on October 7, 1984, with Brown having ended thoughts of a comeback.
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  • 1983
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Brown disliked Harris' style of running, criticizing the Steeler running back's tendency to run out of bounds, a marked contrast to Brown's approach of fighting for every yard and taking on the oncoming tackler.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1978
    Brown served as a color analyst on NFL telecasts for CBS in 1978, teaming with Vin Scully and George Allen.
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  • 1974
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He also guest-starred in a handful of television episodes of various programs with Williamson. In 1998, he voiced Butch Meathook in the film Small Soldiers. Perhaps Brown's most memorable roles were as Robert Jefferson in The Dirty Dozen, and in Keenen Ivory Wayans' 1988 comedy I'm Gonna Git You Sucka. Brown also acted in 1987's The Running Man, an adaptation of a Stephen King story, as Fireball. He played a defensive coach, Montezuma Monroe, in Any Given Sunday, and also appeared in Sucker Free City and Mars Attacks! Brown appeared in some TV shows including Knight Rider in the season 3 premiere episode "Knight of the Drones". Brown appeared alongside football hero Joe Namath on The A-Team episode "Quarterback Sneak". Brown also appeared on ChiPs, episode 1 and 2, in season 3, as a pickpocket on roller skates.
  • 1971
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Brown's football accomplishments at Syracuse garnered him a berth in the College Football Hall of Fame. Brown also earned a spot in the Lacrosse Hall of Fame, giving him a rare triple crown of sorts. Brown, Ted Williams, and Cal Hubbard are the only athletes to be inducted into the Halls of Fame of more than one professional sport. Brown's claim to the title of greatest running back of all time is supported by statistics. In 118 career games, Brown averaged 104.3 yards per game and 5.2 yards per carry. None of the NFL's career rushing leaders come close to these totals. For example, Walter Payton averaged only 88 yards per game during his career with a 4.4 yards-per-carry average. Emmitt Smith averaged only 81.2 yards per game with a 4.2 yards-per-carry average. Brown has famously said on the subject: "When running backs get in a room together, they don't argue about who is the best."
  • 1969
    In 1969, Brown starred in 100 Rifles with Burt Reynolds and Raquel Welch.
    More Details Hide Details The film was one of the first to feature an interracial love scene. Raquel Welch reflects on the scene in Spike Lee's Jim Brown: All-American.
  • OTHER
  • 1968
    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.
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  • 1967
    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.
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  • 1966
    Brown, who had previously said that 1966 would be his last season, the final year of a three-year contract, announced his retirement instead.
    More Details Hide Details At the end of his nine-year career, Brown held records for most rushing yards in a game, a season and a career. He also owned the record for all-purpose yards in a career and best average per carry for a running back at 5.22 yards, a mark that still stands.
    In early 1966, Brown was shooting his second film in London.
    More Details Hide Details The Dirty Dozen cast Brown as Robert Jefferson, one of twelve convicts sent to France during World War II to assassinate German officers meeting at a castle near Rennes in Brittany before the D-Day invasion. Production delays due to bad weather meant he would miss at least the first part of training camp on the campus of Hiram College, which annoyed Cleveland Browns owner Art Modell, who threatened to fine Brown $1,500 for every week of camp he missed.
  • 1964
    Brown began an acting career before the 1964 season, playing a Buffalo Soldier in a western action film called Rio Conchos.
    More Details Hide Details The film premiered at Cleveland's Hippodrome theater on October 23, with Brown and many of his teammates in attendance. The reaction was lukewarm. Brown, one reviewer said, was a serviceable actor, but the movie's overcooked plotting and implausibility amounted to "a vigorous melodrama for the unsqueamish."
    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.
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  • 1963
    Brown's 1,863 rushing yards in the 1963 season remain a Cleveland franchise record.
    More Details Hide Details It is currently the oldest franchise record for rushing yards out of all 32 NFL teams. His average of 133 yards per game that season is exceeded only by O.J. Simpson's 1973 season. While others have compiled more prodigious statistics, when viewing Brown's standing in the game, his style of running must be considered along with statistical measures. He was very difficult to tackle (shown by his leading 5.2 yards per carry), often requiring more than one defender to bring him down. Brown retired in July 1966, after only nine seasons as the NFL's all-time leading rusher. He held the record of 12,312 yards until it was broken by Walter Payton on October 7, 1984, during Payton's 10th NFL season. Brown is still the Cleveland Browns all-time leading rusher. Currently Jim Brown is ninth on the all-time rushing list.
  • 1957
    Brown was taken in the first round of the 1957 NFL draft by the Cleveland Browns, the sixth overall selection.
    More Details Hide Details After only nine years in the NFL, he departed as the NFL record holder for both single-season (1,863 in 1963) and career rushing (12,312 yards), as well as the all-time leader in rushing touchdowns (106), total touchdowns (126), and all-purpose yards (15,549). He was the first player ever to reach the 100-rushing-touchdowns milestone, and only a few others have done so since, despite the league's expansion to a 16-game season in 1978 (Brown's first four seasons were only 12 games, and his last five were 14 games). Brown's record of scoring 100 touchdowns in only 93 games stood until LaDainian Tomlinson did it in 89 games during the season. Brown holds the record for total seasons leading the NFL in all-purpose yards (5: 1958–1961, 1964), and is the only rusher in NFL history to average over 100 yards per game for a career. In addition to his rushing, Brown was a superb receiver out of the backfield, catching 262 passes for 2,499 yards and 20 touchdowns, while also adding another 628 yards returning kickoffs.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In 2002, he was named by Sporting News as the greatest professional football player ever. Brown was born in St. Simons, Georgia, to Swinton Brown, a professional boxer, and his wife, Theresa, a homemaker. At Manhasset Secondary School, Brown earned 13 letters playing football, lacrosse, baseball, basketball, and running track. He averaged a then-Long Island record 38 points per game for his basketball team. That record was later broken by future Boston Red Sox star Carl Yastrzemski of Bridgehampton. As a sophomore at Syracuse University (1954), Brown was the second leading rusher on the team. As a junior, he rushed for 666 yards (5.2 per carry). In his senior year, Brown was a unanimous first-team All-American. He finished fifth in the Heisman Trophy voting, and set school records for highest season rush average (6.2) and most rushing touchdowns in a single game (6). He ran for 986 yards—third most in the country despite Syracuse playing only eight games—and scored 14 touchdowns. In the regular-season finale, a 61–7 rout of Colgate, he rushed for 197 yards, scored six touchdowns and kicked seven extra points for 43 points (another school record). Then in the Cotton Bowl, he rushed for 132 yards, scored three touchdowns and kicked three extra points. But a blocked extra point after Syracuse's third touchdown was the difference as TCU won 28–27.
  • 1936
    Born on February 17, 1936.
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