Jim Brown

Jim Brown was born on February 17, 1936 and was drafted by the Cleveland Browns with the sixth pick of the first round of the 1957 NFL Draft. Jim Brown is widely considered the greatest running back and football player of all time.


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Player Info

Height 6' 2"
Weight 232 lbs
DOB: 2/17/1936
Running Back



NFL Draft

1957/Round 1/Pick 6

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Career Highlights

Pro Bowl 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965
Awards NFL Awards
1958 NFL MVP
1963 NFL MVP
1965 NFL MVP
Pro Bowl MVP (X3)
Honors NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team
NFL 1960's All-Decade Team
Pro Football Hall of Fame

Team(s) As A Player

Cleveland Browns 1957-1965


Brown Rookie of the Year 

Jim Brown burst onto the scene during his rookie campaign. It didn’t take long to gain the respect of his teammates and the rest of the NFL. During Brown’s rookie season, he led the NFL in rushing with 942 yards (242 more yards than the next player) and scored 10 touchdowns.

On November 24, 1957, Brown rewrote the record book. Brown ran wild against the Rams and set an NFL record with 237 rushing yards (has since been broken) and scored 4 rushing touchdowns. During this game, he also had the longest rushing touchdown of the year, 69 yards. The Browns were victorious, thanks to Jim Brown’s big game, winning 45-31.

Many have high expectations for Jim Brown, but nobody’s are higher than his own. “I know I make mistakes,” he said following the season finale, “I won’t be satisfied unless a perfect game comes along, and I know it never will.” (1)

Jim Brown Wins The Rushing Title

Jim Brown played nine seasons in the NFL, and in eight of them he won the NFL rushing title. In 1957 he had 942 yards (242 more than anyone else), 1958 he ran for 1527 yards (736 more than the next guy), 1959 Brown gained 1329 yards (293 more than J.D. Smith), in 1960 Brown put up 1257 yards, (156 more than Jim Taylor), 1961 Jim Brown ran for 1408 yards, (101 more than Taylor). 1962 was the first and only time in Jim Brown’s career that he did not win the rushing title.

In 1963, Brown returned to the top of the rushing list after many doubters said he was done. He did so by setting a new NFL record with 1863 rushing yards on 291 attempts for 6.4 yards per carry average. If it were a 16 game season, he would have gained 2130 yards. Brown won the rushing title again in 64 with 1446 yards and 1965 with 1544 yards. That was his last season in the NFL.

Is Jim Brown The Greatest Running Back of All Time? 

There have been many great running backs in the history of the National Football League. Names that come to mind when thinking of the best are Walter Payton, Barry Sanders, Gale Sayers, and in my opinion the best ever, Jim Brown. Jim Brown was bigger, faster, and stronger than most of the defensive players he went up against. Like Payton, Brown liked to dish out punishment instead of receiving it. He played during an era when the passing game was not wide open and most teams would put eight men in the box to stop the run. With all of this, Brown set numerous NFL records, only playing nine seasons.

At the time of his retirement, he held multiple NFL records. His 1,863 rushing yards in 1963 were the best for a single season (has since been broken). He was the career rushing leader with 12,312 yards, had the most rushing touchdowns with 106 and total touchdowns with 126, and all-purpose yards from scrimmage with 15,549. Each of these has been broken, but Jim Brown only played 9 seasons (Brown’s first four seasons were only 12 games, and his last five were 14 games). Today, players get 16 games to put up the numbers they do. If Jim Brown would have played 16 games a year, he would have topped the 2000-yard mark twice.

Brown also set a record by reaching the 100-touchdown milestone in only 93 games, which stood until 2006 when Tomlinson reached it in 89 games. He still holds the career record for yards per carry by a running back (5.2), and total seasons leading the NFL in all-purpose yards (5: 1958-1961, 1964), and is the only rusher in NFL history to average over 100 yards per game for a career. Brown was also a superb receiver out of the backfield, catching 262 passes for 2,499 yards and 20 touchdowns. Every season he played, Brown was voted into the Pro Bowl, and he left the league in style by scoring three touchdowns in his final Pro Bowl game. Perhaps the most amazing feat is that Jim Brown accomplished these records despite never playing past 29 years of age. Brown’s 1,863 rushing yards in the 1963 season remain a Cleveland franchise record. It is currently the oldest franchise record for rushing yards out of all 32 NFL teams.

There have been many great running backs over the years, but none of them seems to measure up to Jim Brown. I hope another back will come along some day that will remind us of how great Jim Brown was.

Jim Brown Retires 

Brown announced his retirement on July 14, 1966 after Cleveland Browns owner Art Modell insisted that Brown report to training camp instead of finishing his acting job. He left a $60,000 per year job to enter the Silver Screen and star in “The Dirty Dozen.” “The dozen are all tough and sneaky,” said Brown, “sort of a combination Sam Huff and Johnny Unitas. But I have a big part with a lot of substance, and that I like.” (2) We can only imagine what Brown would have accomplished had he played into his 30s. Jim Brown was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971.

Brown and the Youth 

Jim Brown has always had a passion for the youth. He wants to help children when they are young so they can become better adults. “For me,” he says, “there would be more satisfaction in getting kids started right than working with older men in college coaching. It’s what I want to do if I can afford it, and I will be able to if I’m lucky enough to have a fairly long career in pro football.” (3)

By A. Goodin, 20Yardline.com
November 6, 2007

Jim Brown Questions & Answers

How many yards did Jim Brown run for? Jim Brown rushed for 12312 yards in the regular season.

How many touchdowns did Jim Brown run for? Brown rushed for 106 touchdowns.

How many touchdowns did Jim Brown have in his career? Jim Brown had 126 touchdowns rushing and receiving and also added 3 touchdown passes.

How many rushing titles did Jim Brown win? Jim Brown won 8 rushing titles in 9 NFL seasons.

Is Jim Brown in the Hall of Fame? Yes, Jim Brown is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Is Jim Brown the all time leading rusher for the NFL? No. He was the all time leading rusher when he retired, but now Emmitt Smith is the NFL’s all time leading rusher.

Is Jim Brown still alive? Yes, he is still alive.


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Jim Brown Biography Sources:

(1) Syracuse Harold Journal, “Jim Brown Near-Unanimous NFL Rookie of the Year” December 24, 1957
(2) Press Telegram, “Actors Prompted Brown to Quit” July 15, 1966
(3) The American Weekly, “Too Good to Be True” December 7, 1958

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