But in the world of American football: Jim Brown, one of the best runners and players in the history of the NFL, passed away at the age of 87, his family announced this evening (Friday). Brown, who was a member of the league’s Hall of Fame, was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1971 and was also inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1995.
Brown was selected as the sixth pick of the 1957 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns and spent his entire 8-year career in Ohio. He was named Rookie of the Season for the 1957 season and won a championship with Cleveland in 1964 and was also named MVP in 1957, 1958 and 1965.
Since retiring, Brown began an acting career in film and television and also managed to become a commentator, model, writer and activist, helping at-risk boys on the streets of Los Angeles and Cleveland to get off the streets, through a program he founded. In the 2000s he also worked as a consultant for the Browns.
“Jim Brown forever”, they said goodbye to him on the official Twitter of the Browns, “a legend, a leader, an activist. It is impossible to describe our love and gratitude for being a small part of Jim’s amazing life. We mourn, but celebrate the light he brought with him forever. Our thoughts are with Jim’s family and everyone who was affected by him along the way.”
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