Happy Birthday Jim Brown: The Greatest Football Player of All-Time

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Author: Jon Kuzma

In the era of the internet, Twitter, and Facebook it’s easy to forget where we came from.
In the past sports didn’t have all of these platforms to express our thoughts and stances regarding topics or issues in pro sports. Instead there was radio broadcasts and newspapers clippings to cover sporting events that had hardly any fans in the stands. Fortunately for pro football the greatest football player of all time is an icon that can transcend over many different generations and eras. That player is Jim Brown and while he might seem old fashioned and outdated, Jim Brown is anything but that. Brown is arguably the greatest football player to ever play the game of football. He ranked #1 in the NY Daily News Top 50 NFL players of all time and that ranking was well deserved. Brown finished his professional career with 12,312 rushing yards and 106 rushing touchdowns. Paul Brown the founder of the Cincinnati Bengals and the Cleveland Browns stated “Jim Brown is the greatest football player I’ve ever seen.” What stands out most when watching Brown play is his physical superiority. Brown was flat out dominant on the football field. He could out run defenders, out juke defenders, or flat out run them over. On several plays when you plug in Brown’s game films you’ll notice that the opposing team tries to gang tackle him. Only to have Brown spin off of those defenders and turn the play into a big gain. It’s consistent plays like that which make James Nathaniel Brown the greatest football player of all time. If that isn’t impressive enough for you consider this. Brown was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the College Football Hall of Fame, and the Lacrosse Hall of Fame. A testament of how dominant of an athlete Brown truly was.

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