RIP: Jim Brown

RIP: Jim Brown
19 May
Not in Hall of Fame

A legend has left us, and while he was 87 years old, it could have been 1,000 and still felt too soon.

The man considered by many to be the finest football player that ever lived, Jim Brown, peacefully passed away last night.

Brown was a multi-sport superstar at the University of Syracuse, excelling not only on the gridiron, but in basketball, track and lacrosse.  A Unanimous All-American in 1956, the Cleveland Browns selected the Fullback with the sixth overall pick, and it is with the Browns where he spent the entirety of his nine-year career.

There had never been a more dominant offensive star in the NFL like Brown was. He won three MVPs and rushed for 12,313 yards, an inconceivable number for that time. Brown led the league in yards eight of the nine years he was in, was always chosen for the Pro Bowl, and he had 126 touchdowns in only 118 games.

Brown's rushing totals would be eclipsed, but the players who did it needed far more games. Brown is still the all-time leader in rushing yards per game (104.3), and in terms of his career numbers, Brown retired while still at the top of his game, so he could have easily padded his statistics had he continued to play.

Following his career, Brown became a successful actor, and was known for his work in the Civil Rights movement.  As important as he was on the field, Brown was just as vital off of it. 

His accolades include the College Football Hall of Fame, Pro Football Hall of Fame, and membership to the NFL 50th, 75th and 100th Anniversary Team.  Brown also had his number retired by both the Browns and the University of Syracuse.

We here at would like to extend our condolences to the fans, friends and family of Jim Brown.

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