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Jim Brown

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A true natural athlete, Jim Brown earned a total of 13 letters playing football, lacrosse, baseball, basketball and running track at Manhasset Secondary School on Long Island. After high school, Brown would become a 3 sport athlete for Syracuse University, continuing football, track and lacrosse. As a junior in football, Brown rushed for 666 yards, averaging 5.2 yards per carry. That same year in lacrosse, Brown was an All American selection. Brown really broke out in football during his senior year, rushing for 986 yards and scoring 14 touchdowns. At season end, Brown was named an All American in football and finished 5th in the Heisman Trophy voting.. In lacrosse, Brown scored 43 goals in 10 game to finish 2nd in the nation. Brown was named a 1st team All American at the end of the lacrosse season. Drafted in the 1st round of the 1957 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns, Brown would play 9 years in the NFL for Cleveland. By the time Brown retired from the NFL, he would be the record holder for both single season rushing yards (1863 set in 1963), career rushing yards (12 312), career rushing touchdowns (106), total touchdowns (126) and all purpose yards (15 549). Brown would also claim several accolades throughout his NFL career, including being selected to 9 Pro Bowls (Pro Bowl MVP in 3 of those games), being named an Associated Press First Team All-Pro 8 times, NFL MVP 4 times, NFL Championship (before it was Super Bowl) in 1964 and was the 1957 NFL Rookie of the Year. After retirement, Brown was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame (1971), Lacrosse Hall of Fame (1983), College Football Hall of Fame (1995) and had his #32 retired by the Cleveland Brown. In retirement, Brown has held several acting roles, served as a commentator on CBS and is currently a special advisor for the Cleveland Browns.