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Pro Football Hall of Fame Legend Jim Brown Dies at 87

Cleveland Browns Star Passed Away in Los Angeles

There are greats in every sport. Few, however, transcend them. Jim Brown did just that in his NFL career with the Cleveland Browns from 1957-65.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame running back, who went on to be an actor and activist, died Thursday at the age of 87 at his home in Los Angeles.

Former Cleveland Browns running back and NFL Hall of Famer Jim Brown attends Haute Living And Louis XIII Celebrate Jim Brown's 80th Birthday on February 4, 2016 in San Francisco, California. Jim Brown, the legendary Cleveland Browns running back who was one of the NFL's most prolific players and a civil rights icon has died at the age of 87, the NFL team said May 19, 2023. (Photo by Joe Scarnici / AFP)

Brown’s wife, Monique, was by his side.

Brown starred at Syracuse University in football and lacrosse.

He was selected by the Cleveland Browns with the sixth pick in the 1957 draft.

His NFL career was nothing short of remarkable.


  • Three-time NFL MVP (1957, 1958 and 1965) — the only non-quarterback in NFL history to win the award three times.
  • Named NFL Rookie of the Year in 1957.
  • First player in NFL history to eclipse 10,000 career rushing yards.
  • Rushed for 12,312 yards on 2,359 career carries in 118 games.
  • When he retired, he held the NFL record for rushing attempts, rushing yards and rushing touchdowns.

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