(UnitedVoice.com) – Jim Brown was a legend on and off the field. He’s known as the greatest player in the history of the Cleveland Browns. Sadly, he has now passed away.
On Friday, May 19, Monique Brown announced the passing of her 87-year-old husband on Instagram. According to the post, he died “peacefully” in their Los Angeles home the night before. She said he was an “activist, actor, and football star” to the rest of the world. To their family, however, he was a “loving and wonderful” dad, grandpa, and husband. She went on to say their hearts were broken.
Brown was a first-round draft pick who played in the NFL from 1957 through 1965 as a running back. During his career, he played 118 games, running for at least 100 yards in 58 of them, and never missed one before he retired suddenly. He won a number of accolades throughout his time in the league, including NFL Rookie of the Year and NFL Most Valuable Player three times. He was also named a Pro Bowler every year he played in the league.
After leaving the NFL when he was just 30 years old, Brown began acting. He starred in more than three dozen films and television shows, including “The Dirty Dozen” and “CHiPs.”
The NFL responded to Brown’s death, saying he’d always be “one of the greatest to play the game.”
1964 NFL champion
9x Pro Bowler
8x first-team All-Pro
Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 1971
NFL 100 All-Time Team
Jim Brown will forever be one of the greatest to play the game we love. pic.twitter.com/JXF5dBlA38
— NFL (@NFL) May 19, 2023
During the Civil Rights Movement, Brown organized the country’s top black athletes to support Muhammad Ali while he was fighting against the Vietnam draft. He also tried to reduce gang violence and founded the Amer-I-Can program to help inner-city communities.
Jim Brown explaining why and how he built his Amer-I-Can program…. pic.twitter.com/7NGalJkydL
— Reverend good doctor JB Applesauce (@VictorySlap4700) May 19, 2023
Jimmy and Dee Haslam, the owners of the Browns, released a statement to the press. They praised Jim for his contribution to the game, crediting him with helping to create the team’s fan base. They pointed out that football was only a “small part of his story.” It was his dedication to “making a positive impact for all of humanity” that was his real legacy.
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