James Nathaniel "Jim" Brown is a former professional football player who has also made his mark as an actor and social activist. He is best known for his exceptional and record-setting nine-year career as a running back for the NFL Cleveland Browns from 1957 to 1965. He is widely considered the best running back of all time. In 2002, he was named by The Sporting News as the greatest professional football player ever. +more
Uniquely, Brown was every bit as good a lacrosse player, with the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame stating that he was "widely considered to be the greatest lacrosse player ever." Sportswriter Bert Sugar named Brown #1 in his book The Greatest Athletes of All Time.
1954 - 1957
Brown was a Second Team All-American Selection in 1956, and earned First Team Honors in 1957, finishing second in the nation in scoring his senior year. Many believe his last game was his greatest moment as a lacrosse player, as Brown scored five goals in one-half of play against the nation's top players in the 1957 Collegiate North/South All-Star game. Click here to view video footage.
Men's College Basketball Career
1954 - 1956
Brown played basketball his sophomore and junior years at Syracuse, averaging 13.1 points per game. He was a ferocious rebounder, and the best athlete on the floor. He would scored 33 points against Sampson Air Force Base his sophomore season, in a game he did not even start. Brown would not return for his senior season however, because he was not permitted to be a starter. An unwritten rule of the time forbid schools to start three black athletes in basketball, and Syracuse had Vinnie Cohen and Manny Breland also on the team. Cohen believed Syracuse would have won the national title in basketball in 1957 if Brown had played with them; as it was, they lost in the elite eight.
College Football Career
1954 - 1956
Jim Brown was selected as a unanimous football All-American in 1956 and finished fifth in the Heisman Trophy voting. Brown amassed 986 yards and scored 13 touchdowns in eight games during his senior season. Against Colgate, he set a NCAA record by scoring 43 points. In the 1957 Cotton Bowl against TCU, Brown rushed for 132 yards on 22 carries and scored 21 of SU?s 27 points en route to being named the game?s top back.
Jan 8, 1955
Scores a career high 33 points (Syracuse Basketball)