Jim Brown was regarded as a terrific football player and one of the best running backs ever. On May 18, 2023, at 87, he pἀssed away peacefully in his Los Angeles home.
After starring in football and lacrosse at Syracuse University, Brown was drafted by the Cleveland Browns. He spent the entirety of his NFL career there, from 1957 to 1965, winning a championship with them in 1964. He played for nine seasons, was named to the Pro Bowl yearly, and won NFL MVP three times before calling it quits at age 29.
Brown is the first NFL rushing back to average over 100 yards a game on the ground. He rushed for over 12,000 yards in his career. After retiring in 1971, he was already considered for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The Sporting News and the New York Daily News named Brown the greatest football player of all time, and ESPN dubbed him the best college football player ever.
After his playing days were over, Brown became a Hollywood leading man, making his debut in “Rio Conchos” and going on to star in films like “The Dirty Dozen,” “The Split,” and “Riot.” In the 1969 film “100 Rifles,” he had one of the first on-screen interracial relationships between people of different races.
Brown appeared in several blaxploitation movies, including “Slaughter,” “Black Gunn,” and “Three the Hard Way,” and he later made a parody of these films called “I’m Gonna Get You Sucka.” He was also in numerous TV shows, including “I Spy,” “Knight Rider,” “T.J. Hooker,” and “The A-Team.”
Brown was also a prominent civil rights leader. In addition to establishing the Amer-I-Can Foundation, which offers life skills training to gang members and inmates, he also established the Black Economic Union, which provides jobs and loans to Black-owned businesses.
Several different women have accused Brown of domestic violence. After committing several violent acts against his second wife in 2002, he was imprisoned for three months. Additionally, Brown was convicted of misdemeanor battery against a golfing partner and sentenced to one day in jail, followed by probation.
“Make sure when anyone tackles you, he remembers how much it hurts.” —as fellow NFL star John Mackey quoted.
Homages to the Legendary Jim Brown
We are heartbroken by the passing of the legendary Jim Brown.
One of the greatest players in NFL history, a true pioneer and activist. Jim Brown’s legacy will live on forever. 🕊️ pic.twitter.com/byBcZ0c7KG
— NFL (@NFL) May 19, 2023
Jim Brown Forever 🧡🤎♾️
Legend. Leader. Activist. Visionary.
It’s impossible to describe the profound love and gratitude we feel for having the opportunity to be a small piece of Jim’s incredible life and legacy. We mourn his passing, but celebrate the indelible light he… pic.twitter.com/F2rrTUnsc1
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) May 19, 2023
Behold the tweet from MoreForYouCleveland, paying homage to the legendary Jim Brown-
Wow. RIP to the GOAT Jim Brown. 💔 pic.twitter.com/n7LCjJ51vQ
— MoreForYouCleveland (@MoreForYou_CLE) May 19, 2023
Rest in peace, JIM BROWN. THE greatest ever. ❤️🙏🏈 pic.twitter.com/IkBN3wMKB5
— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) May 19, 2023
Behold! The Iron Sheik has paid homage to the great Jim Brown, as evidenced by his tweet-
JIM BROWN THE LEGEND OF THE EARTH IN EVERY WAY. RIP BUBBA YOU ALWAYS IMPRESS ME pic.twitter.com/C0qUlWcnps
— The Iron Sheik (@the_ironsheik) May 19, 2023
And finally, but certainly not least, Behold! The NFL has paid homage to the great Jim Brown, who has passed away-
Commissioner Roger Goodell on the passing of Hall of Fame RB Jim Brown. pic.twitter.com/jgVjPbH0Rv
— NFL (@NFL) May 19, 2023