When I told Bone Daddy that I was doing a story about Cleveland Browns Hall of Fame fullback Jim Brown….that is when he related a story about a neighborhood friend known around the after-school tackle football league known as Wylie Jim Brown….whose real name was Willie James Brown…. for Willie was a full-head size taller with significantly more girth than the rest of the boys who gathered on the Sam Houston Elementary School playground after school to choose-up sides to play a competitive “not-so-friendly” game of tackle football with no pads. Wylie Jim Brown and Richard “Peanut” Davis were always the first two players chosen by the team captains (selected by rotation of all the after school football players) each day that a game was played….for Wylie JB required a “gang tackle” of at least 3 guys to bring him down once he had the ball in his hands…..and Peanut Davis was the fastest runner with the ball….and was shifty and like a “greased pig at a rodeo” when trying to catch to bring down…..so, these two were pure and simply the most difficult to bring to hold to minus yards when they had the ball in their hands. All that being said….Jim Brown of the Cleveland Browns was one of the most beloved heroes of the NFL and the Sam Houston Elementary after-school pick-up football games during the decade of the 1950’s….so, NFL Hall of Fame legend Jim Brown is easy to write about….cuz he was considered to be Hercules, Hulk and Superman by every man who had to bring him down….whether on the gridiron of the NFL or the playground of Sam Houston Elementary.
NCAAF & NFL – 1953 To 1965 – Special Highlights – Jim Brown: A Legend
If you watched the film above…..and you weren’t mesmerized….with chills running down your back….then you simply aren’t a football fan….for the athlete featured in the video was “Hercules, Hulk and Superman all rolled into one football player”…..for this footage provides significant evidence of this assessment. James Nathaniel Brown (born February 17, 1936) is a former American football player, sports analyst and actor….who was a fullback for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL) from 1957 through 1965….and considered to be one of the greatest running backs of all time…. as well as one of the greatest players in NFL history….as Jim Brown was a Pro Bowl invitee every season he was in the league….and was recognized as the AP NFL Most Valuable Player three times….while winning an NFL championship with the Browns in 1964. He led the league in rushing yards in eight out of his nine seasons….and by the time he retired, he had shattered most major NFL rushing records. In 2002, he was named by The Sporting News as the greatest professional football player ever.
NFL – 1957 To 1965 – Special – Jim Brown: “The Greatest Running Back Of All Time”
Brown earned unanimous All-America honors playing college football at Syracuse University….where he was an all-around player for the Syracuse Orangemen football team…..who also excelled in basketball, track and field and lacrosse. The football team later retired his number 44 jersey….plus he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1995.
NCAA Football – 1953 To 1957 – Pocky Candy Special – Classic Tailback: Syracuse University RB Jim Brown
In his professional career, Brown carried the ball 2,359 times for 12,312 rushing yards and 106 touchdowns….which were all NFL records when he retired. He averaged 104.3 rushing yards per game….and is the only player in NFL history to average over 100 rushing yards per game for his career. His 5.2 yards per rush is second-best among running backs. Brown was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971…..plus, he was named to the NFL 50th Anniversary All-Time Team….the NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team….and the NFL 100th Anniversary All-Time Team….which was comprised of the best players in NFL history. Brown was honored at the 2020 College Football Playoff National Championship as the greatest college football player of all time. His number 32 jersey is retired by the Browns. Shortly before the end of his football career, Brown became an actor, and had several leading roles throughout the 1970’s.
NFL – 1953 To 1965 – Special – Jim Brown: “A Football Life” – Narrated By Josh Charles
Brown was born in St. Simons Island, Georgia, to Swinton Brown, a professional boxer, and his wife, Theresa, a homemaker. At Manhasset Secondary School, Brown earned 13 letters playing football, lacrosse, baseball, basketball, and running track….as Brown credits his self-reliance to having grown up on Saint Simons Island….which is a community off the coast of Georgia….where he was raised by his grandmother….and was a place where racism did not affect him directly. At the age of eight, he moved to Manhasset, New York, on Long Island….where his mother worked as a domestic. It was at Manhasset High School that he became a football star and athletic legend. He averaged a then-Long Island record 38 points per game for his basketball team. That record was later broken by future Boston Red Sox star Carl Yastrzemski of Bridgehampton.