Jim Brown, widely considered the greatest runningback in NFL history, has passed away at the age of 87. Brown was beside his wife, Monique, as he passed.
Brown spent his football career playing with The Cleveland Browns, during which he was awarded the league MVP award three times. He routinely led the lead in rushing yards and touchdowns, before retiring from the sport at 30 years old, while his game was still sharp, citing a need for increased mental stimulation.
After his retirement, Brown found a strong second wind as a civil rights activist and a successful actor, at a time when Hollywood was not eager to showcase Black performers. Over the next half-century, Brown completed 44 films and was one of the highest billed actors in Hollywood.
Brown founded both the Black Economic Union and Amer-I-Can, an organization that rehabilitated former gang members. No doubt, the world has lost an exceptional and talented individual.
Jim Brown, one of the NFL’s all-time greatest players and a social activist, dies at 87 – CBSSports.com
Jim Brown, football great, actor, civil rights activist, dies at 87 – Los Angeles Times (latimes.com)