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  • Jim Brown, NFL legend - RIP

    Jim Brown, the transcendent athlete-actor-activist who ran roughshod over the NFL and its record books in the 1950s and 1960s and won multiple MVP awards before retiring abruptly at age 30 to focus on the civil rights movement and a career in Hollywood, has died, his former team and his widow said Friday. He was 87.

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    The greatest. You can talk about Walter, Emmitt, Barry and any others, but nobody did it like Jim. To watch him was a pleasure.
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    • #3
      The best ever, speed, power and toughhness combined.
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      • #4
        I grew up just following CFL football just like today and I never watch NFL - but as a kid my dad and I always watched if the Browns were playing to watch Brown play - didn't realize he excelled in so many other sports
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        • #5
          We didn't follow US football in our house either, but I do remember him well from The Dirty Dozen (along with a youngish Donald Sutherland).

          RIP Mr. Brown.

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          • #6
            He played until 1965 which was well before my football watching time which started in HS in the mid 70's but I am familiar with his long and successful acting career.

            RIP
            "Don't cry because it's over, Smile because it happened "

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            • #7
              Apparently his retirement from the NFL was not planned. He was filming "The Dirty Dozen" in England in summer 1967 and needed to delay his arrival at training camp. The Browns refused his request, so he just up and retired.

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              • #8
                How many professional athletes quit 'at the top of their game'? Brown retired after winning the MVP Award.

                I agree with a Mule56 that he was probably the greatest running back of all time. He could do it all, run with power, run with speed, block and receive passes. He played 9 seasons, led the NFL in rushing in 8 of them, in rushing TDs in 5 of them and was on 3 Championship teams.

                Although my personal favourite running back as both a person and as an athlete is/was Gale Sayers.

                He was also as others alluded to considered one of, it not the greatest field lacrosse players of all time.
                Last edited by Arthur Dailey; May 20, 2023, 11:36 AM.

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                • #9
                  He stood up for what he believed. Still remember the presser he had with Ali, flanked by himself and Kareem. Just don't see that with current generation of pro athletes.

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                  • #10
                    He was a great football player.

                    If you happened to watch the series, maybe a couple of years ago, about Hugh Hefner and Playboy, you'll have a different opinion of Jim's other qualities, given his horrifying treatment of some women.

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