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Jim Brown

NFL Legend Jim Brown

Full Name: James Brown
Profession: NFL Legend

Nationality:
United States of America
American

Why Famous: Best known for his exceptional and record-setting career as a running back for the Cleveland Browns.

Sporting News named him the greatest professional football player ever, and he is considered to be one of the greatest professional athletes in the history of the United States.

Born: February 17, 1936
Birthplace: St. Simons, Georgia, USA
Age: 85 years old

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Aquarius

Historical Events

  • 1956-11-17 Syracuse fullback Jim Brown, scores NCAA record of 43 pts (vs Colgate)
  • 1957-11-24 Cleveland Browns' fullback Jim Brown sets club record of 237 yds rushing
  • 1959-10-04 Future Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown makes club record 37 rushing attempts in Cleveland Browns, 34-7 win at Chicago Cardinals
  • 1959-11-01 Future Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown runs for 5 touchdowns in Cleveland Browns, 38-31 win over Baltimore Colts at Memorial Stadium
  • 1962-01-14 12th NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: Western Conference beats Eastern Conference, 31-30; MVPs: Jim Brown, Cleveland Browns, RB; Henry Jordan, Green Bay Packers, DT
  • 1963-01-13 13th NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: Eastern Conference beats Western Conference, 30-20; MVPs: Jim Brown, Cleveland Browns, RB; Eugene Lipscomb, Pittsburgh Steelers, DT
  • 1963-10-20 Jim Brown sets NFL single-season rushing record, 1,863 yds
  • 1964-11-01 Cleveland running back Jim Brown runs for 149 yards in Browns' 30-17 win at Pittsburgh to become the first NFL player to exceed 10,000 yards career rushing
  • 1966-01-16 16th NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: East beats West, 36-7; MVPs: Jim Brown, Cleveland Browns, RB; Dale Meinert, St. Louis Cardinals, LB
  • 1973-06-28 Black Sports Hall of Fame forms: Paul Robeson, Elgin Baylor, Jesse Owens, Jim Brown, Wilma Rudolph, Joe Louis and Althea Gibson elected
  • 1984-10-07 Walter Payton passes Jim Brown as NFL's career rushing leader
  • 1994-09-05 SF wide receiver Jerry Rice catches 2 touchdown passes and runs for another score in 49ers' 44-14 rout of the Raiders; surpasses Jim Brown as NFL's career TD leader with 127

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