Hall of Famer, the former Cleveland Browns running back was also an actor and civil rights activist

Another NFL legend has passed away this year. Former Cleveland Browns running back Jim Brown died this Thursday, at the age of 87. Brown’s family spokesperson has informed that he passed away peacefully at his home in Los Angeles. Besides being a former football player, Jim was also an actor and an activist for civil rights in the 60s.

Jim Brown was one of the best players in NFL history, as well as one of the first football players superstar. Among his achievements during his pro career, he won the NFL Championship in 1964, in the pre-Super Bowl era. He was also the league’s MVP in 1957, 1958 and 1965, as well as 1957 Rookie of the Year.

His wife, Monique Brown, wrote a message on her Instagram account after her husband’s death. “To the world, he was an activist, actor, and football star. To our family, he was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. Our hearts are broken.”

Brown retired from the NFL after the 1965 season to become an actor. Among the movies he has been part of, he has a lot of sports-related movies. Check out a list of those movies:

  • Any Given Sunday
  • He Got Game
  • Jim Brown All American
  • Draft Day
  • I am Ali
  • Ali’s Comeback: The Untold Story
  • What’s My Name: Muhammad Ali
  • Big George Foreman
  • Run Ricky Run
  • Believeland

Career Stats

During his nine-year career in the NFL, he has played a total of 118 games, all with the Cleveland Browns uniform. He has 2,359 carries, 12,312 yards and 106 touchdowns. Besides the numbers, here is a list of individual awards during his career.

  • NFL Champion (1964)
  • 3x NFL MVP (1957, 1958, 1965)
  • Rookie of the Year (1957)
  • 8x First-team All-Pro
  • 9x Pro Bowl
  • 8x NFL rushing yards leader
  • 5x NFL rushing touchdowns leader
  • NFL scoring leader (1958)
  • Cleveland Browns #32 jersey retired
  • Syracuse Orange #44 jersey retired