Brown, Jim(James Nathaniel Brown), 1936–, American football player, b. St. Simon Island, Ga. A football and lacrosse All-American at Syracuse Univ., Brown became one of the greatest fullbacks in professional football history during his career (1957–65) with the Cleveland Browns. A durable player of exceptional power and quickness, Brown led the league in rushing eight times. Elected to both the Professional Football Hall of Fame and the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame, he later pursued a career as a film and television actor. He also has been active in promoting black economic causes and working with members of youth gangs.
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Brown, (James Nathaniel) Jim(1936– ) football player, movie actor; born in St. Simons, Ga. An All-American at Syracuse University in 1956, his combination of speed and power made him the National Football League's premier running back. He led the league in rushing in eight of his nine seasons, while setting records (since broken) for yards gained in a game, season, and career. In 1966, he retired to pursue a career in action-adventure films.
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