NFL Legend Jim Brown Passes Away at The Age of 87


Jim Brown, widely regarded as one the greatest running backs in NFL history, sadly passed away at the age of 87 on Friday due to natural causes. Brown’s importance to the NFL and the world will not be forgotten. 

Brown was drafted in the first round of the 1957 NFL draft to the Cleveland Brown and had an amazing 9-year career leading the league in rushing yards, having over 12,000 career rushing yards, and winning an NFL championship in 1964 and was a three-time MVP leading him to be inducted into the NFL hall of fame. The NFL will give an award to the league leader in rushing yards in honor of Brown who led the league in rushing a whopping 8 times in his career. 

Brown also had a career off the field starring in many movies. He also was good at many other sports with him being inducted into the Lacrosse Hall of Fame and being the first African American inducted. 

Brown was also an important civil rights activist who participated in the Cleveland Summit, a meeting of the nation’s top African American athletes, including Bill Russell and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Brown’s actions also inspired modern athletes to use their position in society to show more support for the African American community. 

West student Sam, reflects,“It’s really sad because he was a great player and had a huge impact on society.” Sam also said, “He was a great player but he is not the best running back of all time.”  

West student Rohan said, “Saquon Barkley is the best running back of all time, but Jim Brown is an all-time great and It’s sad that he passed away.”

Jim Brown was a great player and an important advocate in civil rights and his impact on the world will soon not be forgotten