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The most enigmatic football player from Cleveland is well, a Brown. Making a huge impact in the world of sports, Jim Brown is one of the most far-reaching personalities in the history of America, transcending the whole football pitch.
James Nathaniel Brown had a football career laden with record-breaking feats, some of which are still unparalleled to this day. But truly, he was a remarkable all-around athlete. In college, Brown schooled his contemporaries, both in the game of football and basketball. The fast runner that he was, he even dominated the track. His shiftiness also made him succeed as a lacrosse player.
Coming into football, he was a hefty 232 lbs., 6-foot-2 hulk who made a killing game after game, shattering the most brilliant defensive strategies in the sport at the time. With so many football playing years ahead, he shocked the world when he announced his retirement in 1966. In 1971, he was inducted into the Football Hall of Fame.
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Still young at 30 years, his brilliance did not end with his football career. He was also gifted with a dashing image that landed him modelling contracts and later on, key movie roles. He became a much-loved actor who starred in a total of 3o films, which include “The Dirty Dozen” and “100 Rifles.”
Brown was also a freedom fighter for causes that supported many African Americans. At the height of his football career, he helped create the Negro Industrial Economic Union and much later, he started the Amer-I-Can program that focused on rescuing young gang members from the hard life.
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