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Jim Brown 32Jim Brown. James Nathaniel "Jim" Brown (born February 17, 1936) was a running back for the Cleveland Browns from 1957 to 1965. Though also known as an actor and social activist, he is best known for his exceptional work on the gridiron and his record-setting nine-year NFL career. In 2002, he was named by The Sporting News as the greatest professional football player ever.

Brown who played his college ball at Syracuse was taken in the first round of the 1956 draft by the Cleveland Browns. By the time he retired he was the NFL record holder for both single-season (1,863 in 1963) and career rushing (12,312 yards), as well as the all-time leader in rushing touchdowns (106), total touchdowns (126), and all-purpose yards (15,549). He was the first player ever to reach the 100-rushing-touchdowns milestone, and only a few others have done so since, despite the league's expansion to a 16-game season in 1978. Remember, Brown's first four seasons were only 12 games, and his last five were 14 games. Below are Jim Brown's stats for two of his MVP seasons, 1958 and 1965.¹

Jim Brown's 1958 & 1965 MVP Seasons
Rushing Receiving
Season G Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Avg Lng TD
1958 12 257 1527 5.9 65T 17 16 138 8.6 46 1
1965 14 289 1544 5.3 67 17 34 328 9.6 32T 4

The Cleveland Browns was founded in 1945 by businessman Arthur B. McBride and coach Paul Brown as a charter member of the All-America Football Conference (AAFC). The Browns dominated the AAFC, compiling a 47–4–3 record in the league's four seasons and winning its championship in each. When the AAFC folded after the 1949 season, the Browns joined the National Football League along with the San Francisco 49ers and the original Baltimore Colts. The Browns won a championship in their inaugural NFL season, as well as in the 1954, 1955, and 1964 seasons, and in a feat unequaled in any of the North American major professional sports, played in their league championship game in each of the Browns' first ten years of existence. From 1965 to 1995, they made the playoffs 14 times, but did not win another championship or appear in the Super Bowl during that period.

In 1995, owner Art Modell, who had purchased the Browns in 1961, announced plans to move the team to Baltimore. After threats of legal action from the city of Cleveland and fans, a compromise was reached in early 1996 that allowed Modell to establish the Baltimore Ravens as a new franchise while retaining the contracts of all Browns personnel. The Browns' intellectual property, including team name, logos, training facility, and history, were kept in trust and the franchise was regarded by the NFL as suspended, with a new team to be established by 1999 either by expansion or relocation. The Browns were announced as an expansion team in 1998 and resumed play in 1999.2

Players on the current roster include Baker Mayfield, Duke Johnson and Jarvis Landry. For the complete roster click here.

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