Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
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Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
He was angry that Franco Harris might break his career rushing record. Pittsburgh Steelers great Franco Harris zoomed close to 12,000 career rushing yards during the 1983 season, leaving him within easy striking distance of Brown's record of 12,312 yards. Brown held Harris's running style in contempt, saying that his challenger left too many yards on the table by running out of bounds instead of pressing for more yardage. He posed for a December 1983 Sports Illustrated cover in an Oakland Raider uniform, still looking like he could rack up a few more 100-yard games if needed, and saying he was prepared to play again to keep the record from Harris. As it turned out, Harris's career was essentially over by then. He was traded to the Seattle Seahawks, played in only eight 1984 games, and gained only 170 yards, leaving him 192 shy of the mark. Walter Payton, whose power, speed, and agility reminded many of Brown, broke the record in the sixth week of the 1984 season, with Brown's blessing.
|After nine seasons, and still at the peak of his playing abilities at age 30, Jim Brown retired from football in 1966 to pursue an acting career. What was he filming when he retired?||Cleveland Browns Great Jim Brown
The Dirty Dozen. In 1966, athletes were expected to do what they were told, and to be grateful for the opportunity they had to play. So it was big news when Brown, under contract for the following season, defied owner Art Modell's demand to leave the set of "The Dirty Dozen" to join the 1966 Browns in training camp. "The Dirty Dozen" featured an all-star cast (Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Telly Savalas, Donald Sutherland, Charles Bronson) and was about a band of felons on a secret mission to kill German officers in World War II. The role was probably the most significant of Brown's movie career. He went on to more than 50 appearances in films and television shows, but most of the rest were either small parts, or featured roles in low-budget action films of the early 1970s.
Blanton Collier. Paul Brown founded the Cleveland Browns, led the team to four straight All-America Football Conference championships, then six straight NFL title game appearances, winning three. His Browns lost the NFL championship game during Jim's rookie season, then lost their division to the Giants or Eagles after that. After a disappointing 7-6-1 finish in 1962, Jim led a player revolt that resulted in Browns owner Art Modell replacing Paul Brown with Blanton Collier as coach. Collier's Browns won the NFL title in 1964 over the favored Baltimore Colts, their final NFL championship of the 20th century. Jim's final NFL game was the 1965 title contest against Green Bay on a muddy field. The Packers held him to 50 yards in 12 carries, controlling the game so firmly that Brown only carried three times in the second half.
|Jim Brown broke the existing NFL records for most rushing yards in a season and in a career. Who held these two records prior to his breaking them?||Cleveland Browns Great Jim Brown
Steve Van Buren (season) and Joe Perry (career). When Brown entered the league, the single-season rushing record was held by Steve Van Buren of the Philadelphia Eagles, with 1,146 yards in 1949. Jim eclipsed that record in his second season, with 1,527 yards, then broke his own mark in 1963, rushing for 1,863 yards. In seven of Jim's nine NFL seasons, he amassed more yards than Van Buren's earlier record. The NFL career rushing leader had been Joe Perry of the San Francisco 49ers, but Brown surpassed Perry's 8,378 career yards in 1963, on his way to 12,312. Buffalo's OJ Simpson broke Brown's season record, rushing for 2,003 yards in 1973, and Walter Payton surpassed the career record during the 1984 season.
|What did Jim Taylor, John Henry Johnson, and Dick Bass do that no other NFL players managed during Jim Brown's pro football career?||Cleveland Browns Great Jim Brown
Rushed for more yards in a season than Brown. The 1962 NFL season was Jim's most disappointing. Although he never missed a game during his career, he played most of 1962 with a broken toe and felt stymied by Coach Paul Brown's dictatorial style. Brown finished the season with 996 rushing yards in 14 games, fourth in the league behind Taylor, Johnson, and Bass. In 1963, a healthy Brown, playing under a new coach, broke his own single-season rushing record, amassing 1,863 yards.
Ran 65 yards for a touchdown on the next play, then yelled "Hey Sam, how do I smell from here?". Huff, the Giants' Hall of Fame linebacker, was one of Brown's toughest adversaries on the field, and delighted in roughing Brown up and taunting him, not that Brown wasn't more than up to the challenge of taking on Huff. As related in the November 26, 1965, issue of Time magazine: "[Huff] actually flattened Brown singlehanded for no gain twice in a row. Then Sam succumbed to the temptation to rub it in. "Brown", he sneered, "you stink"! The next thing Huff remembers was seeing the backside of a fire-breathing, chocolate-colored monster that burst straight up the middle on a trap play and streaked 65 yards for a touchdown. 'Hey, Sam,' called Jimmy from the end zone, 'how do I smell from here"?
Paul Hornung. Jim Brown was the sixth overall pick that season behind Paul Hornung, Jon Arnett, John Brodie, Ron Kramer, and Len Dawson. Not a bad draft year: Hornung, Dawson, and Brown wound up in the Hall of Fame, and Brodie had an excellent career with the San Francisco 49ers. Scary to think how good the Green Bay Packers would have been, had they selected Brown that year instead of the talented but less-durable Hornung.
Lacrosse. Brown lettered in both basketball and track, and of course football at Syracuse, but it was in lacrosse that he truly shined. He was an All-American in his senior year, and often said that he thought he was a better lacrosse player than football player. By the end of the 20th century, Jim was the only person to have been named to the Halls of Fame in college football, pro football, and lacrosse. Award-winning sportswriter Dick Schaap was a lacrosse goalie at Cornell and played against Brown's Syracuse teams. During the 1960s, when Brown would barely speak to reporters, Schaap used their shared lacrosse experiences (Schaap thought Brown was the best opponent he ever faced) to break the ice with the star running back.
Syracuse. Jim grew up in Manhasset, NY, and despite winning 13 letters in five sports, was unable to win a college athletic scholarship. A prominent Manhasset attorney, himself a Syracuse alumnus, paid for Jim's freshman year at Syracuse, with the understanding that if Brown lived up to expectations, the university would provide a scholarship for his final three years there.
|Jim Brown was an easy inductee into pro football's Hall of Fame in 1971. Which two other quarterbacks were inducted into the hall with Brown?||NFL Epitome: Jim Brown
Y.A. Tittle and Norm Van Brocklin. The others weren't inducted for another 10 or more years, and the other options did not have two quarterbacks listed. Tittle earned his Hall of Fame rights with the 49ers and Giants. Van Brocklin was a Los Angeles Ram and Philadelphia Eagle. End Bill Hewitt, tackle Bruiser Kinard, and defensive end Andy Robustelli were also inducted along with Brown in 1971.
|Jim Brown was the first running back in history to rush for 10,000 yards. How many yards did he retire with?||NFL Epitome: Jim Brown
12,312 yards. Brown broke the career record of Joe Perry. Perry rushed for 9,723 yards in 16 seasons from 1948-1963. Brown's career spanned only nine season. Jim Taylor of the Packers was also in the top three at the time with 8,597 yards after 10 seasons. They have all since been passed in rushing yardage by other Hall of Fame greats.
|Jim Brown was born in 1936 in St. Simons Island, Georgia. He attended Syracuse for his college football endeavors. What was Jim Brown's born name?||NFL Epitome: Jim Brown
James Nathaniel Brown. He was born on February 17, 1936. He attended Syracuse University which has produced a number of NFL greats throughout the college's history. They include Gary Anderson, Dave Bavaro, Rob Carpenter, Larry Csonka, John Flannery, Marvin Harrison, Qadry Ismail, Floyd Little, John Mackey, Donovan McNabb, Art Monk, Rob Moore, Jim Nance, and a host of others. What credibility some of those names lend to Syracuse's football program.
|Jim Brown experienced only two head coaches in his NFL career with the Browns. One was Paul Brown. Who was the other?||NFL Epitome: Jim Brown
Blanton Collier. Brown, Brown, Brown, and they all seemed to go together well. Paul Brown helmed the Browns from 1946 when the team was in the AAFC, and in the NFL until 1962. In 17 seasons with Cleveland, Coach Brown left the team with a 158-48-8 record. Collier took over in 1963, and was their head coach until 1970. His record was 76-34-2.
|1963 saw two career highs for Brown. The longest run from the ground and the longest pass reception, both occurred in the season. How long were they?||NFL Epitome: Jim Brown
80 yards on a rush and 83 from a pass. Both these happened in week one of the 1963 season. He caught his 83-yard pass from Frank Ryan. Jim rushed for 162 yards in the game, and caught another 100 yards from the air. The Browns won that game 37-14.
1. From 1957-1965, the Browns won the NFL Championship in 1964 with a 27-0 win over the Baltimore Colts. Cleveland made it to the playoffs a total of four times with Brown. Their biggest playoff loss was 59-14 in 1957 at the hands of the Detroit Lions.
8. In only nine seasons, he won an amazing eight rushing titles. The only season that he missed out was in 1962, finishing fourth with 996 yards. He finished behind Jim Taylor of the Packers, John Johnson of the Steelers, and Dick Bass of the Rams. Although finishing fourth in rushing in 1962, he had a career high of 47 receptions in the season.
|How many times in Brown's NFL career did he average more than five yards per carry in the season?||NFL Epitome: Jim Brown
5. His first season that he averaged over five yards was in his second season in 1958, when he averaged 5.9 yards. 5.8 yards followed in 1960, 6.4 in 1963, 5.2 in 1964, and 5.3 in his final season in 1965. His career spanned nine seasons from 1957-1965.
1957-1965. Jim played in only nine seasons in the NFL. In all nine seasons, he was a Pro Bowler. He retired in his prime with a season-high 17 rushing touchdowns in 1958 and 1965.
|Jim Brown was a Cleveland Brown running back draft pick in 1957. In which round was Brown selected?||NFL Epitome: Jim Brown
First. Brown was a first round, sixth overall pick. He was selected behind running Paul Hornung, running back Jon Arnett, quarterback John Brodie, end Ron Kramer, and quarterback Len Dawson.