In the fifteenth installment of our Black History Month series, we recognize arguably the greatest football player in history, Game Changer Jim Brown. Known for his prowess on the football field, Jim Brown is often recognized as one of the greatest athletes the United States produced.
Jim Brown’s athletic abilities were clearly evident early. In high school, earned 13 letters in basketball, football, lacrosse, baseball and track and field. After moving on to Syracuse University, Brown was once again a stellar athlete participating in basketball, lacrosse, track, and most notably football. Few know that Brown was inducted into the Lacrosse Hall of Fame for his collegiate prowess. Once Brown entered the NFL in 1956, he began to leave a mark. Each year he played, he was voted into the Pro Bowl. As a powerful rusher, Jim Brown was the first to reach the 100-rushing-touchdown mark. Before leaving the league after only 9 seasons, and still at the prime of his career, Brown set numerous records including single season and career rushing yards, career rushing touchdowns, total touchdowns, and all-purpose yards.
After retiring before the age of 30, Jim Brown went on to continue his advocacy work in the black community. His Amer-I-Can program helps former gang members and youth in gang-ridden neighborhoods to learn life management skills. Brown also went on to have a fruitful acting career, and also blazed a trail in that sphere. In the film 100 Rifles, his love scene with Raquel Welch was the first interracial love scene in a major film.
Brown’s accolades as a football star made him a legend, but his continuing contributions to the black community make him a Game Changer.