Fun Facts About Football's Gridiron Greats
Jim Brown #2
James Nathaniel Brown a running back who played his entire career with the Cleveland Browns was born on February 17, 1936, in St Simons Island, Georgia. Jim attended Manhasset High School in Manhasset, New York. James went to college at Syracuse. There he was Second Team All-American in 1955. The next year 1956 Jim was a Unanimous All American.
His Syracuse Orange number 44 jersey has been retired. Jim Brown was selected sixth in the first round of the 1957 NFL draft. Brown would go on to be the NFL's Rookie of the year in 1957. Jim was a big running back. He was six foot two inches tall and weighed 230 pounds.
Brown played for the Browns from 1957 until 1965. In his nine seasons with Cleveland, he was on Nine Pro Bowl teams. Brown has many highlights and awards from those nine years with the Browns. He was an eight-time First-team All-Pro, missing only the 1962 season where he made the Second Team All-Pro. Jim was a three-time Associated Press Most Valuable player, including his final season in 1965.
Brown was Awarded the Bert Bell Award in 1963. The Bert Bell award
was presented by the Maxwell Football Club. This is to honor the player of the year in the National Football League. Jim Brown considered one of the greatest running backs of all time was an eight-time NFL rushing yards leader. The only season he missed was the 62 season, the same season he was Second-Team All-Pro. For 5 season Jim led the NFL in most rushing touchdowns, including his last season 1965.
Brown's number 32 jersey has been retired by the Cleveland Browns. He was selected to NFL's 1960s All-Decade Team and NFL's 75th Anniversary All-Time Team. Jim Brown was a one time NFL Champion. This was before the first Super Bowl in 1967, won by the Green Bay Packers.
Here a few of Jim's NFL career statistics. Brown ran for 12312 yards for an average of 5.2 yards per carry. In his nine years, he rushed for a total of 106 touchdowns and caught 20 more touchdowns. As a running back he had good hands with 262 receptions adding up 2499 yards from those catches. James Nathaniel Brown has been inducted into both the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the College Football
hall of fame.