James Nathaniel (Jim) Brown
Born: February 17, 1936
James (Jim) Brown was born on St. Simon's Island, Georgia, on February 17, 1936. As a youth, Jim found that he had a natural talent for athletics. In his Manhasset, Long Island high school, he excelled at football, basketball, and track. He was good at whatever sport he tried. In 1953 Brown joined the freshman class at Syracuse University. He didn't waste any time demonstrating his outstanding athletic abilities, and Brown's tremendous talent powered Syracuse in lacrosse, football, basketball, and track. At 6 feet 2 inches and 228 lbs., Brown was quick, determined, and unstoppable. The Cleveland Browns football team spotted him, and he joined the Browns in 1957.
Jim Brown's career with Cleveland was one of superlatives. He broke record after record. He was fast and powerful. Brown was the flashiest fullback in the game. He played for the Browns through their 1965 season. Jim Brown also developed an interest in acting, and during the summer of 1966 he had a part in the movie The Dirty Dozen . During this filming, Brown unexpectedly announced that he was leaving football to concentrate on his acting career. So, at the age of 30, the superstar retired from the game. Jim Brown's superb football career earned him admission to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971.
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