RIP: Jim Brown
Jim Brown died on Thursday, May 18, 2023. He was 87 years old. Jim Brown was an athlete, civil rights activist and actor.
Jim Brown attended Syracuse University where he excelled at basketball, track and field, lacrosse, and football. Many consider Jim Brown to be one of the best lacrosse players of all time. While at Syracuse, Jim Brown was a unanimous selection for the All-America team and they retired his number 44. In 1995, he was inducted in the College Football Hall of Fame.
Jim Brown was a running back for the Cleveland Browns from 1957 – 1965. He led the league in rushing 8 of the 9 seasons he played. When he retired (while at the height of his career) he was the all-time leading rusher. Jim Brown was a named a Pro Bowl player each season that he played. Three times in the 9 seasons he was named the NFL Most Valuable Player. He led the Browns to a Championship in 1964. Jim Brown is the only professional football player to average over 100 yards per game. He is considered by many to be the greatest player to every take the field. Mr. Brown retired from football to pursue a career as an actor.
Some of Jim Brown’s television appearances include: I, Spy; Police Story; CHiPs (3 episodes); Knight Rider; TJ Hooker (2 episodes); The A-Team and Soul Food (4 episodes).
Some of Jim Brown’s feature films include: Rio Concho; The Dirty Dozen; Dark of the Sun; Ice Station Zebra; The Split; 100 Rifles; Slaughter; Slaughter’s Big Rip-Off; Three The Hard Way; The Running Man; I’m Gonna Git You Sucka; Mars Attacks and Any Given Sunday.
Jimi Brown was one of the few athletes to speak out about civil rights in the 1950s and he continued to do so throughout his life. Mr. Brown was the founder of the Negro Industrial Economic Union, later renamed as the Black Economic Union which helped find opportunities and promote minority owned business.
I was a fan of Jim Brown’s football prowess. My favorite Jim Brown films are The Dirty Dozen and Dark of the Sun.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jim Brown’s family, friends and fans.