The past Cleveland Browns Jim Brown is coming back He died at the age of 87his family announced Friday.
Brown led the NFL in rushing yards in eight of his nine seasons in the league. No other running back in NFL history has led the league in rushing more than four times.
Brown retired after nine seasons to pursue a career in entertainment. He was also an organizer of the Civil Rights movement.
Here is a glimpse of his life in pictures:
Brown graduated from Syracuse in 1957 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army ROTC.
Brown rushed for 2,091 yards and scored 26 touchdowns in his college career at Syracuse.
Brown lettered in four sports (football, lacrosse, basketball and track) during his college career at Syracuse.
Brown hangs out with his teammates in the Syracuse football room.
Brown, who was selected in the first round in 1957, played nine seasons for the Cleveland Browns (1957-65) and led the league in rushing eight of those years.
Brown sits in front of his house with his family, his wife, Sue and twins Kim and Kevin, 19 months old.
Brown rushed for 12,312 yards and averaged 5.2 yards per carry over his career. He was also named a Pro Bowler every year he played.
Brown visited Elvis Presley between sets of his movie, “Roustabout.”
He led the Browns to three championship games, winning the title in 1964, and was named MVP three times.
Brown and Les Keiter and Howard Cosell on the sidelines of the 1964 Cassius Clay- Sonny Liston boxing match.
In June 1967, Brown organized “The Cleveland Summit,” a meeting of major Black athletes, including Bill Russell and Lew Alcindor, who later became Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, to support boxer Muhammad Ali from serving in Vietnam.
In later years, Mr. Brown worked to prevent gang violence in Los Angeles, and in 1988, he founded the Amer-I-Can program, which helps disadvantaged and formerly incarcerated youth.
Brown asked Muhammad Ali about his upcoming fight with George Foreman, The Rumble in the Jungle, in 1974.
Brown and Cleveland Browns coach Bill Belichick in 1994.
Brown looks back at what he did from the sideline during the 2014 training camp.
Brown was honored with a statue at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland in 2016. “It’s a great moment,” Brown said when the statue was unveiled, “because I feel it in my whole body, especially in my heart and mind.”
“To the world he was an activist, an actor, and a football player,” his wife, Monique, announced Brown’s death in an Instagram post Friday afternoon. “To our family he was a loving and wonderful husband, father, and grandfather. Our hearts are broken…”