The NFL lost one of its greatest players of all time both on and off the field. Jim Brown tragically passed away at 87 years old from natural causes. Along with being the best player in Cleveland Brown’s history, he was also an activist and actor.
Jim Brown was the 6th overall pick in the 1957 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. In his nine seasons with the team, he ran for 12,312 yards and 106 touchdowns. Along with this, he also made 262 receptions for 2499 yards and 20 touchdowns. He would make nine Pro Bowls, eight All-Pro teams, win three MVP awards, win the Rookie of the Year award, won one NFL championship, was named to the Hall of Fame All-1960s team, and was inducted to the Hall of Fame in 1971. Brown still had a handful of elite NFL years left in him, however, he would call it quits on football early to pursue acting and focus more on activism.
The 1970s were a time when athletes did not have much of a platform on anything that did not have to do with sports or entertainment, however, Jim Brown was one of the biggest reasons why that changed. He was one of the most outspoken athletes at the time on various social issues like civil rights. Brown was a part of the Cleveland Summit, where he, Bill Russell, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Carl Stokes came together to hear from Muhammed Ali and join his cause after Ali had his championship belts taken from him and was arrested for draft evasion.
As an actor, Brown was featured in over 30 movies including Any Given Sunday, The Dirty Dozen, El Condor, Three the Hard Way, Mars Attacks, The Running Man, and I’m Gonna Git You Sucka.
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