Old School Tuesday…Jim Brown the greatest running back in football

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Some of you out there may now of the Jim Brown that was the actor, or the activist, or the critial thinker who affects change in young men in prisons and street gangs. Jim Brown for the purposes of today is the greatest running back in NFL history. He was not a football player he was an all round athlete who played football.

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 widely considered to be one of the greatest professional athletes the U.S. has ever produced.

Perhaps more impressive was his success as a multi-sport athlete. In addition to his football accomplishments, he excelled in basketball, track, and especially lacrosse. As a sophomore, he was the second leading scorer for the basketball team (15 ppg), and earned a letter on the track team. His junior year, he averaged 11.3 points in basketball, and was named a second-team All-American in lacrosse. His senior year, he was named a first-team All-American in lacrosse (43 goals in 10 games to rank second in scoring nationally).

No. 32
Running back / Fullback
Personal information
Date of birth: February 17, 1936 (age 77)
Place of birth: St. Simons, Georgia
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 232 lb (105 kg)
Career information
High school: Manhasset High School
College: Syracuse
NFL Draft: 1957 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6
Debuted in 1957 for the Cleveland Browns
Last played in 1965 for the Cleveland Browns
Career history

Cleveland Browns (1957–1965)

Career highlights and awards

NFL champion (1964)[1]
Rated No. 2 NFL Player of all-time by NFL.com as of 2009 season
Pro Football Hall of Fame (1971)
9× Pro Bowl selection (1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965)
8× First-Team All-Pro selection (1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1965)
Second-Team All-Pro selection (1962)
8× NFL Rushing champion (1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1965)
NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team
NFL 1960s All-Decade Team
3× NFL MVP (1957, 1958, 1965)
3× UPI NFL MVP (1958, 1963, 1965)
3× Pro Bowl MVP (1961, 1962, 1965)
Lacrosse Hall of Fame

Career NFL statistics as of 1965
Rushing yards 12,312
Rushing average 5.2
Rushing TDs 106
Receptions 262
Receiving yards 2,499
Receiving TDs 20
Stats at NFL.com
Pro Football Hall of Fame
College Football Hall of Fame

Published by bklynboy59

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6 thoughts on “Old School Tuesday…Jim Brown the greatest running back in football

  1. Nice one Jerry!

    Jim Brown revolutionized the running back position. Be hard pressed to name 5 exceptional backs before he came into the league. Just a beast!

    On another note, Brown made a movie with Raquel Welch. Do you remember what happened during the filming?

    1. Can you imagine Jim Brown playing now?? with the rules to benefit offensive players picture how many yards all time he would have had…scary!!!!
      Barry Sanders retired too soon lol.

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