JIM BROWN

JIM BROWN

Class of 1971
Fullback >>> 6-2, 232
(Syracuse)
1957-1965 Cleveland Browns

James Nathaniel Brown ... Syracuse All-American, 1956 ... Browns' No. 1 draft pick, 1957 ... Awesome runner, led NFL rushers eight years ... All-NFL eight of nine years ... NFL's Most Valuable Player, 1957, 1958, 1965 ... Rookie of the Year, 1957 ... Played in nine straight Pro Bowls ... Career marks: 12,312 yards rushing, 262 receptions, 15,459 combined net yards, 756 points scored ... Born February 17, 1936, in St. Simons, Georgia.

Jim Brown was a superb craftsman whose primary job was to run with the football for the Cleveland Browns. For nine seasons, he did it better than any player before him. When he retired at the age of 30 at the peak of his career, he left behind a record book clogged with Jim Brown notations.

Brown was more than just a one-of-a-kind running back. He caught passes, returned kickoffs, and even threw three touchdown passes. His 12,312 rushing yards and 15,459 combined net yards put him in a then-class by himself. Jim was a unanimous first-team All-NFL pick eight times, 1957 through 1961, 1963-1965. He played in nine Pro Bowls in nine years and was the game’s outstanding back three times. He closed out his career with a three-touchdown outburst in the 1966 Pro Bowl.

Brown was unanimously named the Rookie of the Year in 1957. He was recognized that season as the NFL’s Most Valuable Player by many media organizations. In all, he earned league MVP honors four times (1957, 1958, 1963, and 1965). At Syracuse University, Brown was All-America in both football and lacrosse and a letterman in basketball. Jim selected football as his career sport, however, and thus became the Cleveland Browns' number 1 draft pick in 1957. Even though coach Paul Brown was traditionally reluctant to use rookies as regulars, Jim Brown was a regular and a star from day one.

In the summer of 1966, Jim stunned the sports world with his announcement that he was retiring. Fans still ponder what heights he might have reached had he stayed on the firing line a few more seasons. As exceptional as Brown's statistics were, his durability may have been even more amazing. Despite a constant pounding from defenses always stacked against him personally, he never missed a game in nine years.

Year
Team
G
No.
Yds.
Avg.
TD
No.
Yds.
Avg.
TD
1957 Cleveland
12
202
942
4.7
9
16
55
3.4
1
1958 Cleveland
12
257
1527
5.9
17
16
138
8.6
1
1959 Cleveland
12
290
1329
4.6
14
24
190
7.9
0
1960 Cleveland
12
215
1257
5.8
9
19
204
10.7
2
1961 Cleveland
14
305
1408
4.6
8
46
459
10.0
2
1962 Cleveland
14
230
996
4.3
13
47
517
11.0
5
1963 Cleveland
14
291
1863
6.4
12
24
268
11.2
3
1964 Cleveland
14
280
1446
5.2
7
36
340
9.4
2
1965 Cleveland
14
289
1544
5.3
17
34
328
9.6
4
Career Total
118
2359
12,312
5.2
106
262
2499
9.5
20
 
Additional Career Statistics: Passing: 12-4-117, 3 TDs; Kickoff Returns: 29-648

Championship Games

1957 NFL – Detroit Lions 59, Cleveland Browns 14
Brown started the game at fullback.  He had 19 carries for 85 yards and one touchdown.  He also had one reception for minus 16 yards and four kickoff returns for 106 yards.

1964 NFLCleveland Browns 27, Baltimore Colts 0
Brown started the game at fullback. He had 27 rushing attempts for 114 yards and 3 receptions for 37 yards

1965 NFL – Green Bay Packers 23, Cleveland Browns 12
Brown started the game at fullback. He had 12 rushing attempts for 50 yards and 3 receptions for 44 yards.

All-NFL: 1957 (AP, UPI, NEA, NY), 1958 (AP, UPI, NEA, NY), 1959 (AP, UPI, NEA, NY), 1960 (AP, UPI, NEA, NY), 1961 (AP, UPI, NEA, NY), 1963 (AP, UPI, NEA, NY), 1964 (AP, UPI, NEA, NY), 1965 (AP, UPI, NEA, NY)

All-NFL Second Team: 1962 (UPI)

All-Eastern Conference: 1957 (SN), 1958 (SN), 1959 (SN), 1960 (SN), 1961 (SN), 1962 (SN), 1963 (SN), 1964 (SN), 1965 (SN)

(9) – 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966

(at time of his retirement following 1965 season)

• [1st] Most Touchdowns, Career – 126
• [1st] Most Seasons Leading League, Rushing – 8 (1957-61, 1963-65)
• [1st] Most Consecutive Seasons Leading League, Rushing – 5 (1957-1961)
• [1st] Most Yards Rushing, Career – 12,312
• [1st] Most Yards Rushing, Season – 1,863 (1963)
• [1st] Most Yards Rushing, Game – 237 (vs. Los Angeles, Nov. 24, 1957; vs. Philadelphia, Nov. 19, 1961
• [1st] Most Rushing Attempts, Career – 2,359
• [1st] Most Rushing Attempts, Season – 305 (1961)
• [1st] Most Game 100 or More Yards Rushing, Career – 58
• [1st] Highest Average Gain Rushing, Career – 5.22
• [1st] Most Touchdowns Rushing, Career – 106
• [1st] Most Attempts Career, Combined Net Yards – 2,658
• [1st] Most Attempts Season, Combined Net Yards – 354 (1961)
• [1st] Most Attempts Game, Combined Net Yards – 39 (vs. Chicago Cardinals, Oct. 4, 1959)
• [1st] Most Combined Net Yards Gained, Career – 15, 459
• [2nd] Most Seasons Leading League, Touchdowns – 3 (1958, 1959, 1963)
• [2nd] Most Touchdowns, Season – 21 (1965)
• [2nd] Most Yards Rushing, Season – 1,544 (1965)
• [2nd] Most Rushing Attempts, Season – 291 (1963)
• [2nd] Most Rushing Attempts, Game – 37 (vs. Chicago Cardinals, Oct. 4, 1959)
• [2nd] Most Touchdowns Rushing, Season – 17 (1958, 1965)
• [2nd] Most Touchdowns Rushing, Game – 5 (vs. Baltimore, Nov. 1, 1959)
• [2nd] Most Attempts Season, Combined Net Yards – 323 (1965)
• [Tied for 2nd] Most Touchdowns, Game – 5 (vs. Baltimore, Nov. 1, 1959)
• [Tied for 2nd] Most Consecutive Seasons Leading League, Rushing – 3 (1963-1965)
• [Tied for 2nd] Most Yards Rushing, Game – 232 (vs. Dallas, Sept. 22, 1963)
• [Tied for 2nd] Most Attempts Game, Combined Net Yards – 38 (vs. Philadelphia, Nov. 19, 1961)
• [3rd] Most Yards Rushing, Season – 1,527 (1958)
• [3rd] Most Rushing Attempts, Season – 290 (1959)
• [3rd] Highest Average Gain Rushing, Season – 6.4 (1963)
• [3rd] Most Attempts Game, Combined Net Yards – 319 (1959)
• [3rd] Most Attempts Game, Combined Net Yards – 37 (vs. Chicago Cardinals, Oct. 12, 1958)
• [Tied for 3rd] Most Consecutive Games Scoring a Touchdown – 10 (1965)
• [Tied for 3rd] Most Yards Rushing, Game – 223 (vs. Philadelphia, Nov. 3, 1963)
• [Tied for 3rd] Most Consecutive Games, Rushing Touchdown – 7 (1957-58, 1962-63)

Post-Season Records

• [2nd] Most Combined Net Yards Gained, Career – 420 (3 games)
• [Tied for 2nd] Most Rushing Attempts, Game – 27 (vs. Baltimore, Dec 27, 1964)
• [Tied for 2nd] Most Attempts Game, Combined Net Yards – 30 (vs. Baltimore, Dec 27, 1964)

Browns’ records held by Brown at the time of his retirement following the 1965 season

• [1st] Most Yards Rushing, Career – 12,312
• [1st] Most Yards Rushing, Season – 1,863 (1963)
• [1st] Most Yards Rushing, Game – 237 (vs. Los Angeles, Nov. 24, 1957; vs. Philadelphia, Nov. 19, 1961)
• [1st] Most Rushing Attempts, Career – 2,359
• [1st] Most Rushing Attempts, Season – 305 (1961)
• [1st] Most Rushing Attempts, Game – 37 (vs. Chicago Cardinals, Oct. 4, 1959)
• [1st] Highest Average Gain Rushing, Season – 6.4 (1963)
• [1st] Most Consecutive Games, Rushing Touchdown – 7 (1957-58, 1962-63)
• [1st] Most Consecutive Games Without Fumble – 12 (1958-1959)
• [1st] Most Points, Season – 126 (1965)
• [1st] Most Touchdowns, Career – 126
• [1st] Most Touchdowns, Season – 21 (1965)

League Statistical Championships
Rushing Titles: 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1965
Scoring Titles: 1958
Touchdown Titles: 1958

Team Statistical Championships
Rushing Titles: 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965
Scoring Titles: 1958, 1959, 1962, 1963, 1965

• 1960s All-Decade Team
• NFL’s 75th Anniversary Team
• All-Time NFL Team (selected in year 2000)
• 1957 Rookie of the Year (UPI, AP, SN)
• 1957 Most Valuable Player (AP, SN)
• 1958 Most Valuable Player (UPI, AP, NEA, SN)
• 1963 Most Valuable Player (UPI, NEA*, Maxwell Club)
• 1965 Most Valuable Player (UPI, AP, SN, NEA)
• AFL-NFL 1960-1984 All-Star Team (selected in 1985)
 

*Tie

Year Team W L T Division Finsish
1957 Cleveland Browns 9 2 1 (1st)
1958 Cleveland Browns 9 3 0 (1st tie)
1959 Cleveland Browns 7 5 0 (2nd)
1960 Cleveland Browns 8 3 1 (2nd)
1961 Cleveland Browns 8 5 1 (3rd)
1962 Cleveland Browns 7 6 1 (3rd)
1963 Cleveland Browns 10 4 1 (2nd)
1964 Cleveland Browns 10 3 1 (1st)
1965 Cleveland Browns 11 3 0 (5th)

Full Name: James Nathaniel Brown

Birthdate: February 17, 1936

Birthplace: St. Simons, Georgia

High School: Manhasset (NY)

Elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame: January 16, 1971

Enshrined into Pro Football Hall of Fame: July 31, 1971

Presenter: Ken Molloy, attorney and long-time associate

Other Members of the Class of 1971: Bill Hewitt, Frank “Bruiser” Kinard, Vince Lombardi, Andy Robustelli, Y.A. Tittle, Norm Van Brocklin

Pro Career: 9 Seasons, 118 Games

Drafted: 1st round (6th player overall) in 1957 by Cleveland Browns

Uniform Number: #32

 

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