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Jim Brown

9 seasons
12,312 yards rushing
126 career TDs
8 All-NFL selections
9 straight Pro Bowls
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9

seasons

12,312

yards rushing

126

career TDs

8

All-NFL selections

9

straight Pro Bowls
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"Yardage isn’t the big thing. Having your team win the championship is…That’s what I work for, winning the championship, and this requires a certain standard of performance.”

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(Syracuse)...6'2'', 232...

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.

BIO

Jim Brown Cleveland Browns

"Yardage isn’t the big thing. Having your team win the championship is…That’s what I work for, winning the championship, and this requires a certain standard of performance.”

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.

STATS

Jim Brown's Stats

Year
Team
G
Att
Yds
Avg
TD
Rec
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 TD; Kickoff Returns: 29-648



CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES

Jim Brown's Championship Games

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.



CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Jim Brown's Career Highlights

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)

CAREER CAPSULE

Jim Brown's Career Capsule

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

 



ENSHRINEMENT SPEECH

Jim Brown Enshrinement speech

Jim Brown Enshrinement Speech 1971

Presenter: Ken Molloy

Thank you very much. I come away from my visit to Canton with one fact and that is, that the people of this area know their football. Consequently, I don't have to justify my training by giving statistics of what he's done, you know that - is that right? I do want to emphasize the reason he is so eligible. By my experience this weekend with his peers who are to be enshrined today, outstanding coaches, sportswriters who've covered the sport, up to 40 years, and the one abiding thought that permeates each of their statements with regard to Jimmy Brown is he's the greatest running back of all time period that is important, but there is something indeed more important, and I'm going to reveal to you today a love story. It's a love story that started way back in a little hamlet of Manhasset, New York on Long Island, which sets among the bays Of Long Island sound; Why the wonderful people of Manhasset fell in love with a young boy at the age of 13, Jimmy Brown.

And I was tickled to know that his children are here, there is Kevin, James, and Kim, and I go back and remember Jimmy at about the same age and his intensity as a young man; His will to win, to succeed, to do whatever was necessary in order to achieve his goals . And at that young age, his goal was to be the best professional football player in the United States. She has achieved the pinnacle and I think it important, and worthy of note here today, that some of the people in little Manhasset who helped Jimmy; the Wrights, the Commarks, the Podbilskis, the Graciosas, the Prewines, the O’Connell’s; You can go down the name and it’s cross-section America all the way, and the product of that cross-section of America Is the man that we've come to honor today. And I would like, if you will indulge me, to point out two lessons. It has been said by the philosophers that the world can learn a lesson from every man, and I think there are two lessons that should be learned from the life of Jimmy Brown. One is that all of you people who are in what they call the “power structure” today, should look around you; There are young, talented, bright eyed, busy tailed kids who are ready and willing to rise in the heights and they can do it if you'll look and give them the opportunity.

To young people is the second lesson, and that is as Jim has gone through life, he has been a keen observer of society around him and in honesty, (and he's an honest person), he found some things he could criticize, some things he could object to - and he did this, but he did it with this honesty and what made it honest and valid was the fact that whenever he criticized, it was based upon the fact that his contribution always exceeded his protest and I think this is the key to young people who would model things today. And so, this love story goes back to where Jimmy Brown went on to that great World University of Syracuse and ended by being elected by his peers at Syracuse to leave the graduation exercises, and you know the rest of the story – On to The Cleveland Browns and then today five years later after his retirement, the first time he could be elected, he was elected to the highest pinnacle - the Hall of Fame of professional football, and he is honored, but in my opinion, ladies and gentlemen, I think America is honored also, by having produced this wonderful enshrinee James Brown.

Jim Brown

Thank you, thank you very much for such a wonderful welcome here today. A lot of people ask me, in my 2 days here in Canton. “How does it feel to be enshrined in the Hall of Fame?” Naturally, I'm very proud and I'm very happy but I'm prouder and more happy over a few other things. And I'd like to take just a couple of minutes to tell you what those other things are first of all, during the parade this morning, I had a fantastic time; because there were about 250,000 people along our route, and they were wonderful. They responded and they made me feel that I was really wanted in the area and that I was remembered and that my mother is here today and she is here today and she had a tough struggle when I was a little boy, she had to take care of me all by herself and I'd never tell her that, so I thought I'd take this time to say thank you, cause you work very hard.

And Lastly there are few men here representing the community of Manhasset, Long Island. Now regards to what you've heard about me, my been outspoken, saying what I want to say, doing things that I wanted to do, you probably never heard the great story about the people in Manhasset. Today we have Kenny Malloy who I chose to present me here today, because Kenny was a leader of that community. But we also have the Superintendent of Manhasset schools, Dr. Raymond Collins, who’s somewhere out there, and you won't know him, but I know very well because he was very instrumental my early development. He came to Syracuse and he kept me in school. He did all the things that a Superintendent wouldn't do to keep the young man on the right track. And finally, there's Ed Walsh, who is my high school coach. And if I was a highly religious man, I would think that this man would be a saint, because I couldn't imagine him doing anything wrong.

And I love him as I love the rest of the people in the community of Manhasset. They are here today and most of all, I want to publicly give them my thanks because they came into my life at a time where I could have gone many, many directions. So, to all of you I hope you can remember that, remember that the arrogant, the bad Jim Brown can be humble when he is given true love and when he is able to talk about people that he truly respects. So, thank you very much.