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  • Week 1 - Sep 07

    CLE @ PIT

  • Week 2 - Sep 14

    NO @ CLE

  • Week 3 - Sep 21

    BAL @ CLE

  • Week 4 - Sep 28

    bye

  • Week 5 - Oct 05

    CLE @ TEN

  • Week 6 - Oct 12

    PIT @ CLE

  • Week 7 - Oct 19

    CLE @ JAC

  • Week 8 - Oct 26

    OAK @ CLE

  • Week 9 - Nov 02

    TB @ CLE

  • Week 10 - Nov 06

    CLE @ CIN

  • Week 11 - Nov 16

    HOU @ CLE

  • Week 12 - Nov 23

    CLE @ ATL

  • Week 13 - Nov 30

    CLE @ BUF

  • Week 14 - Dec 07

    IND @ CLE

  • Week 15 - Dec 14

    CIN @ CLE

  • Week 16 - Dec 21

    CLE @ CAR

  • Week 17 - Dec 28

    CLE @ BAL

  • Week 1 - Sep 09

    PHI 17 @ CLE 16

  • Week 2 - Sep 16

    CLE 27 @ CIN 34

  • Week 3 - Sep 23

    BUF 24 @ CLE 14

  • Week 4 - Sep 27

    CLE 16 @ BAL 23

  • Week 5 - Oct 07

    CLE 27 @ NYG 41

  • Week 6 - Oct 14

    CIN @ CLE

  • Week 7 - Oct 21

    CLE @ IND

  • Week 8 - Oct 28

    LAC @ CLE

  • Week 9 - Nov 04

    BAL @ CLE

  • Week 10 - Nov 11

    bye

  • Week 11 - Nov 18

    CLE @ DAL

  • Week 12 - Nov 25

    PIT @ CLE

  • Week 13 - Dec 02

    CLE @ PHI

  • Week 1 - Sep 11

    CIN 27 @ CLE 17

  • Week 2 - Sep 18

    CLE 27 @ IND 19

  • Week 3 - Sep 25

    MIA 16 @ CLE 17

  • Week 4 - Oct 02

    TEN 31 @ CLE 13

  • Week 5 - Oct 09

    bye

  • Week 6 - Oct 16

    CLE 17 @ OAK 24

  • Week 7 - Oct 23

    SEA 3 @ CLE 6

  • Week 8 - Oct 30

    CLE 10 @ SF 20

  • Week 9 - Nov 06

    CLE 12 @ HOU 30

  • Week 10 - Nov 13

    LAR 13 @ CLE 12

  • Week 11 - Nov 20

    JAC 10 @ CLE 14

  • Week 12 - Nov 27

    CLE 20 @ CIN 23

  • Week 13 - Dec 04

    BAL 24 @ CLE 10

  • Week 15 - Dec 18

    CLE 17 @ ARI 20

  • Week 16 - Dec 24

    CLE 14 @ BAL 20

  • Week 1 - Sep 12

    CLE 14 @ TB 17

  • Week 2 - Sep 19

    KC 16 @ CLE 14

  • Week 3 - Sep 26

    CLE 17 @ BAL 24

  • Week 4 - Oct 03

    CIN 20 @ CLE 23

  • Week 5 - Oct 10

    ATL 20 @ CLE 10

  • Week 6 - Oct 17

    CLE 10 @ PIT 28

  • Week 7 - Oct 24

    CLE 30 @ NO 17

  • Week 8 - Oct 31

    bye

  • Week 9 - Nov 07

    NE 14 @ CLE 34

  • Week 10 - Nov 14

    NYJ 26 @ CLE 20

  • Week 11 - Nov 21

    CLE 20 @ JAC 24

  • Week 12 - Nov 28

    CAR 23 @ CLE 24

  • Week 13 - Dec 05

    CLE 13 @ MIA 10

  • Week 14 - Dec 12

    CLE 6 @ BUF 13

  • Week 15 - Dec 19

    CLE 17 @ CIN 19

  • Week 16 - Dec 26

    BAL 20 @ CLE 10

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Jim Brown

Cleveland Browns

Jim Brown - Greatest Ever

jim brown and raquel welch


 


The history of the NFL is filled with so many amazing stories and characters, unfortunately there are many in the younger generations who have no knowledge of them.  It is important for football fans to understand the history of the game, and the players who set the standard for what is great today. There are always going to be debates over who was the greatest quarterback, running back, wide receiver, or tight end of all time, but unfortunately when these conversations happen, the players of yesteryear seem to be forgotten. There is one player who stands out to me most, even though I never had a chance to see him play live and could only watch NFL films of his amazing prowess, Jim Brown.


Jim Brown was the greatest running back to ever play professional football.  That is a debatable topic, but for sure the answer you will get in Cleveland, and they can back it up.  Jim Brown was the most dominating player at the running back position the game had ever seen when arrived on the scene in 1957.  What followed was 9 years of brilliance and supremacy.  Jim Brown was the original ultra back and set the standard that all other running backs would be measured against.


The first thing that you need to know is that Brown was a BEAST at his position at 6’2” and 232 pounds.  The average backs at the time were in the 190-200 pound range and Brown weighed as much as most linebackers.  It was not just his size, that gave him such an advantage, but also, he was an amazing athlete and does not get the credit he deserves.  Brown was not only a complete back that could run, block and catch; he was also a kick returner, I bet you didn’t know that.  Can you imagine being 190 pounds running full speed on a kickoff and have to tackle Jim Brown running full speed at you?  Brown also threw 3 TD passes in his career, he was the do it all back and the best in the business.


Jim Brown was just a tremendous athlete. While he was in college at Syracuse University Jim Brown walked on to all the major sports at the school and played football, basketball, baseball and lacrosse, lettering in all of them. Brown was just an all-around athlete that could do everything. Brown was considered one of the greatest lacrosse players of his era. In his senior season he led Syracuse Orangemen to an undefeated season. Brown was a 2 time all midfielder while playing lacrosse for Syracuse.


I already mentioned about the size and speed of Jim Brown, but to truly understand the speed you have to realize that Jim Brown was also a member of the Syracuse track team in 1954. Then, just to show how dominant he was, in 1957 Brown competed in two sporting events on the same day. He started the day on the track and field where he won the javelin and the high jump event while finishing second in the discus toss. After he was done with the track to meet he went on to compete in a lacrosse game and led the Syracuse Orangemen to a victory over Army.


The tale of Jim Brown does not stop there though. Brown was also a boxer in college. His coach in college, Roy Simmons Jr., thought that Brown could have become the world heavyweight champion if he had dedicated himself to boxing. Think about this in the era of today, where there are some players who will compete in two sports, but how many players do you know that would have played in more than five sports and dominated all them. Jim Brown was truly in a class all of his own, and could easily be considered the greatest college athlete of all time as well. It would be fair to say that Jim Brown was the Jim Thorpe of his generation. There was nothing that he could not do, and do at the highest level.


Jim Brown was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in 1957 with the 6th pick in the first round, giving them Jim Brown as a player and Paul Brown as the head coach of the Browns.  After being drafted, Jim wasted no time in beginning to make his mark in Cleveland and the NFL.  In his rookie season of 1957 he finished with 942 rushing yards and 9 TD and added 55 receiving yards with another TD, which was in a 12 game season.  While those numbers don’t seem so great now, they were good enough then to garner Brown the Rookie of Year Award.  Not only did Brown take home the Rookie honor he also was the league MVP in his rookie season…WOW!!!


That rookie season was just the tip of the iceberg, as that was the worst season in the storied career of Jim Brown.  In his second season, which also became the 2nd of 4 League MVP season’s Brown would win; he may have had his best season as a rusher.  Brown rushed for 1,527 yards, 17 rushing TD, 138 yards receiving and a receiving TD.  All of this was done in a 12 game season.  In the math of today with a 16 game season Brown would have finished with 2,036 yards and 23 TD…Fantasy STUD…YES!!!


The next 2 seasons for Jim Brown were the final two 12 game seasons of the NFL and Brown was, as always, dominant.  In those two years Brown rushed for 1,329 and 1,257 yards with 14 and 11 total TD respectively.  Jim Brown was the face of the Cleveland Browns and a reason for the people of Cleveland to feel prideful.  Jim Brown simply imposed his will on the league and they could basically do nothing until he finally retired.


In Brown’s 4th and 5th seasons it seemed like he was slowing down, which happened to coincide with the season stretching out from 12 games to 14.  In 1961, his 4th season, Brown was still dominant rushing for 1408 yards with 8 TD and added 46 catches for 459 yards and 2 more TD.  That year he saw his yards per carry average drop to 4.6 and it got worse for him in 1962.


In 1962 there might have been questions flying around Cleveland as to whether or not Jim Brown had lost a step.  In that season, Brown’s worst statistical, he rushed for 996 yards in 14 games with 4.3 yards per carry average, the worst of his career.  Think about that…The worst season of his career and he still rushed for 4.3 yards per carry, which a lot of running backs in the NFL would give their left nut for!!! While his rushing average was down, he did rush for 13 TD.  Brown also had his best season as a receiver that year with 47 catches for 517 yards and 5 TD.  The questions about whether or not he lost a step would have quickly vanished after this season.


Then there are the final 3 seasons that Jim Brown played, which were the most dominating years of his career.  In those final 3 seasons Brown rushed for 4,853 yards, while adding another 933 yards receiving and finished those 3 years with 45 total TD and averaged 5.4 yards per carry during that time…that is incredible!!!  In 1963, when many thought Brown had lost a step, Brown exploded with what could be argued as his best season as a pro.  Brown rushed for 1,863 yards with an astounding 6.4 yards per carry average.  He also added 12 TD rushing and another 3 receiving, with his highest yards per catch average of his career at 11.2.  Jim Brown was able to do what many other great athletes who have dominated their sports failed to do…leave while still at the top of their game.


If you were playing fantasy football during the time that Jim Brown played, and if you had him on your team you would've had an unfair advantage.  Especially when you look back on that 1963 season Jim Brown would have absolutely crushed the competition in fantasy points. If you extrapolate that season out to 16 games Jim Brown would have gained 2,435 total yards while scoring 17 total touchdowns. Jim Brown averaged 152 total yards with a TD a game for that season. So if you use the most basic fantasy points with no bonuses Jim Brown would've averaged 21 points a game for a 16 game season. That would be an astounding 336 fantasy points on the season. Then you have to factor in the fact that during this time in the NFL there were not many 300-yard passers in the league, so quarterbacks would not have been that dominant, and it is not a stretch to believe that Jim Brown could've outscored most fantasy teams in certain weeks during that amazing season. If I were playing fantasy football during that time I would've had to make adjustments in my scoring system and I would have notated them as the Jim Brown rules.


There is one thing that sticks out to me, that is not talked about when people discuss Jim Brown, was that he fumbled the ball a lot.  Brown had 57 fumbles in his career, which is an average of 6.33 fumbles per year.  Brown had 9 fumbles in both 1960 and 1962.  There is something to consider about the fumbles which can put it into perspective.  The NFL did not have the same rules as the current NFL when Jim Brown played.  Think about how many times you see the ground cause a fumble, and then it is no longer a fumble.  Back in Brown’s day that would have been a fumble.  Then you need to think about all the times a running back is in a pile of players and his momentum has slowed and the referees blow a whistle and the play is dead.  In the old days they would let the play go until they drove the player to the ground and sometimes there would be late hitting while on the ground before a whistle would ever be blown.  The ball often changed hands during these stalled piles, where players liked to play dirty.  Back in those days the game was designed for the defense to have a huge advantage over the offense.  So if you ask me I would feel that it is okay to overlook this stat, but it is still something that warrants more discussion.


Brown was only 30 years old at the time of his retirement from football and left as the greatest rusher the NFL had ever seen with 12,312 rushing yards.  That was an average of just over 104 yards for every game that he played.  Brown also finished with 106 rushing TD and 126 total TD which was good for an average of more than a TD per game in his career.  Brown was named to the Pro Bowl all 9 years of his career, and the final game he played was in the 1966 Pro Bowl game and finished his career by scoring 3 TD in that game.  That may not seem like a big deal now, where the Pro Bowl is a game that has all the rules set to benefit the offense, but when Brown did this the players actually played the Pro Bowl like a real game!!!


Jim Brown helped to lead to the Browns to 3 Championship Games (pre Super Bowl era) in 1957, 1964 and 1965.  His only Championship win came in 1964 in a shut out 27-0 win over the Baltimore Colts.  His final season ended with a loss to the Green Bay Packers 23-12.  This is why it was surprising that he decided to retire after coming so close to winning it again, but Jim Brown was his own man and made his own decisions.  Jim Brown was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971.  Jim Brown completely rewrote the record book at the time of his retirement and it would take more than 30 years before most of these were caught up to, and those who did had the benefit of playing in a 16 game season.  Jim Brown was the Babe Ruth of the NFL when he retired.


Here is a look at the final stats that Jim Brown put up during his stellar 9 year career.


  Jim Brown career stats    


These stats are amazing, but what really stood out at the time was how Jim Brown completely rewrote the record book at the time of his retirement.  Brown held 15 individual records at the time of his retirement and was top 3 in 20 other categories…CRAZY!!!  Here are the records that he accomplished at the time of his retirement.


(At time of his retirement following 1965 season)



• [1st] Most Touchdowns, Career – 126
• [1st] Most Seasons Leading League, Rushing – 8 (1957-61, 1963-65)
• [1st] Most Consecutive Seasons Leading League, Rushing – 5 (1957-1961)
• [1st] Most Yards Rushing, Career – 12,312
• [1st] Most Yards Rushing, Season – 1,863 (1963)
• [1st] Most Yards Rushing, Game – 237 (vs. Los Angeles, Nov. 24, 1957; vs. Philadelphia, Nov. 19, 1961
• [1st] Most Rushing Attempts, Career – 2,359
• [1st] Most Rushing Attempts, Season – 305 (1961)
• [1st] Most Game 100 or More Yards Rushing, Career – 58
• [1st] Highest Average Gain Rushing, Career – 5.22
• [1st] Most Touchdowns Rushing, Career – 106
• [1st] Most Attempts Career, Combined Net Yards – 2,658
• [1st] Most Attempts Season, Combined Net Yards – 354 (1961)
• [1st] Most Attempts Game, Combined Net Yards – 39 (vs. Chicago Cardinals, Oct. 4, 1959)


• [1st] Most Combined Net Yards Gained, Career – 15, 459


Team Records


Browns’ records held by Brown at the time of his retirement following the 1965 season



• [1st] Most Yards Rushing, Career – 12,312
• [1st] Most Yards Rushing, Season – 1,863 (1963)
• [1st] Most Yards Rushing, Game – 237 (vs. Los Angeles, Nov. 24, 1957; vs. Philadelphia, Nov. 19, 1961)
• [1st] Most Rushing Attempts, Career – 2,359
• [1st] Most Rushing Attempts, Season – 305 (1961)
• [1st] Most Rushing Attempts, Game – 37 (vs. Chicago Cardinals, Oct. 4, 1959)
• [1st] Highest Average Gain Rushing, Season – 6.4 (1963)
• [1st] Most Consecutive Games, Rushing Touchdown – 7 (1957-58, 1962-63)
• [1st] Most Consecutive Games Without Fumble – 12 (1958-1959)
• [1st] Most Points, Season – 126 (1965)
• [1st] Most Touchdowns, Career – 126
• [1st] Most Touchdowns, Season – 21 (1965)


Here is the final breakdown of the Awards and Honors he garnered during his 9 year Hall of Fame Career.



• 1960s All-Decade Team
• NFL’s 75th Anniversary Team
• All-Time NFL Team (selected in year 2000)
• 1957 Rookie of the Year (UPI, AP, SN)
• 1957 Most Valuable Player (AP, SN)
• 1958 Most Valuable Player (UPI, AP, NEA, SN)



Rushing Titles: 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1965


  There may be many who don’t remember and never saw Jim Brown play, but what he did during his era was unheard of, and due to the domination he displayed over his 9 year career you can understand why Jim Brown is still considered the best running back of all time…in Cleveland for sure!!!


 


BY HOUDINI


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http://www.profootballhof.com/hof/member.aspx?PlayerId=33&tab=Highlights



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Jim Brown is back with the Browns

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam announced that the Hall of Fame running back has rejoined the franchise as a special advisor, mending a decades-long relationship that grew strained under former owner Randy Lerner.

"To have '32' back on our team ... is tremendously important, and it goes a long way toward what we're trying to accomplish," Haslam told reporters, per the Akron Beacon Journal.

"Player engagement is where you'll see me most of the time," said Brown, 77, who also will work with Cleveland's schools, inner-city children and long-suffering fan base.

"Everybody that thought I had no value is gone," Brown said, per The Plain Dealer, a not-so-subtle jab at former team president Mike Holmgren, who marginalized the legendary player during his failed run with the franchise.

Pyro's take: This is the right move by the Browns organization and cleans up a mistake made by the previous regimes. Jim Brown is the Cleveland Browns and it is only fitting that he is associating himself with the organization again, as it looks to get back into NFL relevance.

08/24/13, 02:19 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.nfl.com

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