Jim Brown, who is considered as one of the greatest football players of all time, has passed away at the age of 87. The news was confirmed by TMZ Sports. Monique Brown, his wife, announced the news in a statement where she mentioned that he passed away peacefully at their LA home. She further added that to the world, he was an activist, actor, and football star, but to their family, he was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. Brown was visited by his close friends, including Marshall Faulk, Eric Dickerson, and Flavor Flav, before he passed away.
Brown was the first-round pick in 1957 and won three NFL MVP awards. He was named to eight First Team All-Pro teams throughout his career and led the NFL in rushing eight times and rushing touchdowns five times. He even won a championship in 1964. Brown was an outstanding lacrosse player at Syracuse and earned All-American honors. After his sports career, Jim went on to become a Hollywood actor and appeared in films like The Dirty Dozen and Any Given Sunday. Besides his achievements in sports and the film industry, he was also one of the most prominent voices on the civil rights scene.
The Legacy of Jim Brown
Jim Brown was a man of many talents. He was not only a legendary football player and an outstanding lacrosse player, but he was also a prominent civil rights activist. Brown held the Cleveland Summit in June 1967, in support of Muhammad Ali, who refused to serve in the Vietnam War. He was joined by Bill Russell and Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar), and others. Brown’s activism and leadership in the civil rights movement have made him an iconic figure in American history.
The Cleveland Browns released a statement after Brown’s passing, calling him a “Legend. Leader. Activist. Visionary.” Pro Football Hall of Fame President Jim Porter also spoke on Brown’s passing, saying, “When Jim Brown’s name was announced in a room, other Hall of Famers stood and applauded him. His persona has stood the test of time — a fearless and dominant football player. Jim will always be remembered as one of pro football’s greatest individuals.”
Brown’s number, #32, was retired by the Browns, and he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 1995. He was a true icon of American sports and a symbol of excellence, perseverance, and leadership. His legacy will continue to inspire generations to come.