Jim Brown rips NFL, NCAA

Jim Brown is widely regarded as one the toughest football players ever to strap on cleats. At age 73, Brown still doesn’t hesitate to mix things up.

After addressing Congress this week on the subject of brain injuries in football, Brown spoke at Williams College and ripped the NFL, the players’ union and the NCAA for failing, in Brown’s view, to have the best interests of football players at heart.

“The NFL, with the players association, have been an embarrassment, because the legends of the game who have run into hard times, medically and economically, have been deserted,” Brown said. “It’s a crying shame that an organization like the NFL does not take care of their own.”

But if Brown is angry at the NFL and the union, he’s even angrier at the NCAA, which he called “the most ridiculous organization in the country” and “the farm teams for the NBA and NFL.”

Brown has never been shy about criticizing the powers that be in the sport he played at Syracuse and for the Cleveland Browns, and he’s particularly critical of what he sees as owners and players who emphasize making money over making a difference.

“There’s always a purpose that you can have in your life,” Brown told Williams College students. “Your purpose has to be helping people. Helping people have a better life. It is the only way you can achieve quality of life.”

66 responses to “Jim Brown rips NFL, NCAA

  1. Brown is no longer relevant in the world of Football and he’s trying with all his might to be so.
    The old fool needs to just go away.

  2. The most ridiculous organization in the country in the NCAA? Please, Mr. Brown, when ridiculousness comes to mind, I regard ACORN, UN, NAACP, WTO, PETA, SAG, and many others to be much more pathetic and absurg. The NCAA and NFL may have some issues with which you feel passionately, Mr. Brown, but each of them are far from the most ridiculous organization in the country.

  3. To the above Jim Brown haters. What did you disagree with that he said? Saying Jim Brown is not relevant to football is worse than saying Babe Ruth is not relevant to baseball.

  4. Why is he no longer relevant? Because he’s older now? Because he’s criticizing a sport we like to follow? I think his resume makes him relevant for as long as he’s alive. More relevant, that is, than anyone who has never played or coached in the NFL.

  5. I agree with him to a degree on this one, but who made him spokeperson for anyone/anything other than career guidance counselor for Maurice Clarette ? Enough said.

  6. Help people have a better life? is that what your motto is when you hit your wife? go away you racist and take off your stupid beanie

  7. Lets see. The players really have no ties to their teams anymore,all they care about is the money. The’ll leave one team to go to another for a higher bid. Well the nfl is in the same boat. They only care about the money!! And like the players say it ain’t nuttin personal but it’s a business! And that it is!!

  8. Is he wrong? If someone that was white said this he would be praised (Ditka) but its Jim Brown. You guys are an embarrassment to PFT.

  9. “Brown told Williams College students. “Your purpose has to be helping people. Helping people have a better life. It is the only way you can achieve quality of life.”
    That actually is something good to say.
    Acting on it is another story. I t would be nice to see Mr. Brown do something nice for some down & out white folk, there are some out there.

  10. Why should he go away? Maybe because the truth hurts? He has every right to speak about how older players are treated. The NFL should care for the players who have suffered in their careers.
    Just because you don’t agree with Jim Brown, doesn’t mean he doesn’t have the right to express his opinions.
    Go to Cuba if you want suppressed freedoms…

  11. “The NFL, with the players association, have been an embarrassment, because the legends of the game who have run into hard times, medically and economically, have been deserted,” Brown said. “It’s a crying shame that an organization like the NFL does not take care of their own.”
    WOW! I agree with Jim Brown on something!!!!!

  12. “Does this tool ever have anything good to say?”
    Hey Reapercalls,
    What about “Your purpose has to be helping people. Helping people have a better life. It is the only way you can achieve quality of life.” do you think is not good ?
    Is it then your belief that total apathy or the screwing of everyone around you as a philosophy of life is “good”, and dedicating your life to “helping people” is bad ?

  13. College football players and college basketball players should be paid.
    After all, the coaches, the TV networks, and above all, the universities get paid handsomely for the privilege of making money off those players.

  14. I’m one of the biggest Anti-Jim Brown people you will find, but he has a point on this one, even though he does get carried away with saying the NCAA is the worst organization. However, football is pretty much his world, and he’s 73, so cut the relic some slack on something.

  15. “There’s always a purpose that you can have in your life,” Brown told Williams College students. “Your purpose has to be helping people. Helping people have a better life. It is the only way you can achieve quality of life.”
    Apparently, “people” doesn’t include “wife” in his eyes.

  16. Good stuff. Brown gets attention… that’s why he’s out there trying to make some type of difference. It’s the Union and the current players that do not want to take care of their own. They don’t care that the former players were the ones paving the way for them. It’s all part of the “me first” society we live in, but I do think it’s a shame seeing some of the greats fall on hard times. (of course, some of them do it to themselves)
    The NCAA makes boat loads of money by using kids. I don’t know very much about this subject… wether or not they’re taking care of former players that were injured… but if they’re not, it’s kinda sad!

  17. Why all the comments that are negative about Brown? He’s a smart man with experience you can only dream about. Disagree with him, fine. Blast him, not so fine. I’ll take Brown’s opinion over yours 98.7342% of the time.
    One thing Brown is right about, is that the NCAA is the most ridiculous organization in the country. The NCAA fights battles against any system that would resolve a national champion. It beats down players. It screws coaches for minor infractions and yet let’s the “powerful” teams roll on. The NCAA has all the qualities we hate in a person. They are like crazy Uncle Ed gone awry, on a booze binge, hooking scads, dishing out penalties just because they can, not because it makes sense. This is all about the money, big money, huge money, bowl game money, TV money. The NCAA has no shame. They love to lean on the “education” axis, but eduction in this country would be far better without the NCAA and its gazillion corruptions and conflicts of interest. And i live how they always claim the High Road, like everything they do is for a great cause. Right.
    So listen to Brown now and then. There’s a lot of truth in that aging brain. So much of the hate on this post is clearly racist, by the way. I can hear shrill denials. But your posts are proof of the pudding [whatever the hell that means].

  18. BAxelrod and Bob Buckowski: If you disagree with Jim Brown, that’s one thing. But to call the man a racist is asinine.
    So any black man who helps down-and-out black men is racist? That’s absurd. But you’d be the same guy who would say “the blacks” are always looking for hand-outs, but won’t help themselves.
    Jim Brown has been a direct recipient of the most vile racism imaginable. He was clearly the best player in college football, but never won the Heisman. What is more, he wasn’t even the first pick of his draft. He left the game early because I’m sure management didn’t want to pay an “uppity Negro” what he deserved. And I’m sure America thought it was a beautiful thing to see him kiss Raquel Welch.
    Racist? I don’t expect a response…

  19. Telling young college students the best thing they could do in life is help people? OMG, the outrage!!!!!

  20. You can attack or shoot the messenger all you want to. It does not change what he says, which is correct.
    Neither the NFL or the NCAA even remotely have the players best interests as part of their focus. The players are a vehicle to be used to gain a financial end for the organizations and they’re readily available and quite disposable.
    I’ve disagreed with Brown over the years on some of his statements & stances, but this is not one of them.

  21. Yes, I am not sure why anyone wouldn’t be in agreement with what he is saying.
    NFL is by far in my opinion the most corrupt of sports in the USA (including FIFA).

  22. Yes, I am not sure why anyone wouldn’t be in agreement with what he is saying.
    NFL is by far in my opinion the most corrupt of sports in the USA (including FIFA).

  23. Here’s the weird thing about the NCAA.
    They’re not just greedy for money. If that were the case, we would have a playoff system in place. In America today, there is no potential way to make more ungodly tons of money hand over fist than to have a football playoff. Think of a horse pissing after being at the river all day — that would be the money flow for an NCAA playoffs. This is the easiest money anyone could ever make.
    Why resist blatant, staggering sums of money? Simple. Because you would prefer to allow your insiders, your close friends, to make a lot of money. Kiss me I’ll kiss you. Don’t turn off the spigot to the Holiday Bowl. Because you are lubricating friends. The Holiday Bowl would make approximately one zillion dollars more (margin of error, 2.5 buttloads) if it was the first round of a national playoff. The whole NCAA system defies common sense. It resembles nothing so much as a system of sexual shenanigans. Lubrication is the operative word. Why not do the right thing for the athletes, for the public, for the money? Because there is a lot of kissing and favors and imbroglios that overcome a simple, fair, athlete-generated, money-making enterprise.
    It makes me blush to think about what is going in there, inside the NCAA.

  24. Hopefully, the knuckle-dragger fans can put down their foam fingers long enough to think about what he’s saying and realize that it is obscene that some former players are homeless while current players make tens of millions before taking a snap. These guys today don’t live in a vacuum and make their money in a brand that was built on the backs of guys who could use basic things like quality health care for their ailments.

  25. WorldChampionBears2009 says:
    October 30, 2009 12:14 PM
    Is he wrong? If someone that was white said this he would be praised (Ditka) but its Jim Brown. You guys are an embarrassment to PFT.
    Jim Brown is a jackass and is also irrelevant. By your screen name we can tell that you signed in for the first time about April 2 – the day Cutler landed in Chicago. By your comment and your screen name, we can tell you are obviously a deluded individual. The NFL and NCAA are not “ridiculous”, unless chasing after the money is ridiculous. That’s what businesses do.
    Color has no issue in this matter. By the way, we also know you’re black. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. I don’t know how you managed to inject race into this issue, because that has nothing to do with anything, except that Brown is a racist. Maybe you are too.

  26. Hey morons, if we can’t keep people from getting catastrophic brain injuries from playing a sport, then we aren’t going to have a sport left to enjoy.
    No parent in their right mind would let their kid play football at a young age, if it means that child could be doing permanent damage to their brain. That would mean the end of football.

  27. SOMEBODY STOP THE PRESS. Jim Brown just said “legends of the game who have run into hard times, medically and economically, have been deserted”. The nerve of this guy.
    He also said “the NCAA is most ridiculous organization in the country” and “the farm teams for the NBA and NFL.” He must be stopped. Somebody call the national guard.
    You dumdasses on here i swaer must live in a box in the backwoods of Mississipi. Most of you are mad Jim Brown b/c you are irrelevant and no one is listening.

  28. NFL is by far in my opinion the most corrupt of sports in the USA (including FIFA).
    ———————————————–
    The OWNERS…..Who actually own the team, make billions…(Businessmen)…..The players, on average, make millions…..(Employees)…Yes……Corruption is rampant…Please…Jim Brown is nothing more than a pissed off aged athlete who wishes he was born 30 years later, so he could cash in as well…….Alot of NCAA athletes aren’t stars, you think a roster of 70 football players on an NCAA team are all destined for the NFL?..Be realistic, some don’t even play, but are given a free education that will provide them with a productive life…..And the oppturnity to help people…..Every time he opens his mouth, he speaks out of his ass…….

  29. NCAA is responsible for more black kids getting a college education who otherwise wouldn’t than any words Jim Brown has uttered. Isn’t that the most important thing to him?

  30. OK, I was going to see why i think posters on this issue are racist. I played out pretty quickly, fatigue, because the racism we can all see is so big and real. Please be NFL fans!– nice to know there are no black folks there. So here’s what I’ve got. Please think about where you are in life and why you hate people for ridiculous reasons.
    From Racist Reapercalls: “Does this tool ever have anything good to say?” No he doesn’t. Not if you’re a racist.
    From Racist Display Name: “The old fool needs to just go away.” Really? One of the great RBs of all time? A man who has dedicated himself to social causes (compare this to any HOF player you choose). Needs to go away? No, you need to go away. You are nobody. Just go away.
    From Racist Satan567. You don’t like UN? Peta? Acorn? NAACP? Your problems are bigger than racism, buddy, although racism is in there. I won’t try to explain how your life is better because of these groups you hate.

  31. OK, I was going to see why i think posters on this issue are racist. I played out pretty quickly, fatigue, because the racism we can all see is so big and real. Please be NFL fans!– nice to know there are no black folks there. So here’s what I’ve got. Please think about where you are in life and why you hate people for ridiculous reasons.
    From Racist Reapercalls: “Does this tool ever have anything good to say?” No he doesn’t. Not if you’re a racist.
    From Racist Display Name: “The old fool needs to just go away.” Really? One of the great RBs of all time? A man who has dedicated himself to social causes (compare this to any HOF player you choose). Needs to go away? No, you need to go away. You are nobody. Just go away.
    From Racist Satan567. You don’t like UN? Peta? Acorn? NAACP? Your problems are bigger than racism, buddy, although racism is in there. I won’t try to explain how your life is better because of these groups you hate.

  32. The NCAA is a joke. A bunch of frightened old men afraid the world might change as they struggle to keep progress at bay. Jim Brown is right, the NCAA should join the modern world and stop exploiting the athletes and start paying them fairly. Scrap the ridiculous holier than thou posture and live in reality. Say what you like, ACORN, UN, NAACP, WTO, PETA, are all trying to help others. The NCAA tries to exclude others and keep the entire college sports fiscal pie for themselves.

  33. “PhillyHouse says:
    October 30, 2009 12:17 PM
    Why should he go away? Maybe because the truth hurts? He has every right to speak about how older players are treated. The NFL should care for the players who have suffered in their careers.
    Just because you don’t agree with Jim Brown, doesn’t mean he doesn’t have the right to express his opinions.
    Go to Cuba if you want suppressed freedoms…”
    ——————————————–
    +1

  34. The NFL became America’s top sport because of people like Jim Brown. Those guys were paid a fraction of what bums in the league get paid now. They deserve whatever they want because it was their broken bones and crushed brains that paved the way for the NFL today.
    The NCAA is a joke. just look at Dez Bryant. He was afraid that hanging out with Deion would get him in to trouble, so he tried to hide it. and that’s worth ending his collegiate career?!? All it would take to force the NCAA out of the BCS crapola, is if everyone boycotts the current bowl games.
    the NCAA knows that won’t happen. the wonderful bcs system lives on.

  35. # Mean D says: October 30, 2009 12:15 PM
    I wonder if Jim Brown achieved quality of life from beating up his wives and girlfriends.
    So True …
    The guy has a rap sheet longer than OJ’s
    http://www.nndb.com/people/890/000023821/
    A great football player, no doubt. A role model? He needs to stop throwing stones and drink his hot cup of STFU.

  36. People who refer to stories about his ex-wifes must remember these stories are over 30 years old. People can and do change and mature. It is these people who have made some mistakes and still are willing to speak out that deserve to be listened too. Say what you want but it takes more than guts to speak out. Jim and Bill Russel spoke out at a time when it really was dangerous to do so. He is still relevant. He’s right about Pro Athletes today who act like dumb blonds with nothing to say. Why is it a big deal to help former players? It should be a no brainer. Service to others is the real purpose of our lifes. Too bad most of us don’t find anything worth fighting for. Keep on Talking JB!!

  37. So this Jacka$$ is mouthing off again. NFL players made a decision to play football and got paid very well for it. And don’t tell me it was a different time. They got paid well no matter when they played. It was allot of money in their day. Sooooooooo now it’s today and they’ve pissed it all away and the NFL is supposed to continue to take care of them. WOW…….I wish my jobssssssss that I’ve had during my life time did that. Shut up and please die soon, so that we don’t have to hear your half brained comments anymore. F@cking retard.

  38. So here’s a great question. Who’s a better RB? Brown or Simpson? Funny how “innocent until proven guilty” is ignored, and the charges themselves are used for individuals’ personal issues in meaningless internet rampages. That’s often racist.
    I’m an old man. I saw Brown and Simpson. Give me Simpson. He had this crazy slashing, cutting, speed thing. Nobody else has ever had that. Brown was great. And, of course, Simpson is a complete loser dick criminal. Different issues.
    Brown has had his legal complexities in life. Some of you have not. Some of you have never had a legal or moral issue. Good for you.

  39. Did he run out of women to assault? Must have time on his hands. Maybe he can tell us all about the girls he’s slept with… again.

  40. I don’t always agree with Jim Brown. However when you examine how the NFL deals with injured former players etc….he does have a valid point. Many former players, Mike Ditka and others corroborate Brown’s opinion on the subject of former NFL injured players.
    The NCAA has nothing to do with hiring black coaches at many of the Division one schools nationwide. They can’t make it happen. However when I look at the many intelligent great black athletes playing for the top college football programs in the country. I can only wonder why we don’t see more black athletes at the Division one level who are given the opportunity to become head coaches. Perhaps the intelligent alumni, boosters and athletic directors should allow it to happen. There are to many Afro American players playing to be denied head coaching jobs at our top colleges. This my fellow readers is why Jim Brown is an activist and continues to make an attempt at making a difference.

  41. Wow, so many of the comments prove the authors are absolute hypocrites!
    Some of these people stand up for Rush Limbaugh, a known drug abuser and outright liar yet condem Jim Brown because he is a woman beater!
    For the record, I have no time for either of them!

  42. djb1 says:
    October 30, 2009 1:37 PM
    Jim Brown is right, the NCAA should join the modern world and stop exploiting the athletes and start paying them fairly.
    ——————————————
    Let me guess, you have never paid or have no clue as to the cost of an education at a major collegiate institution, maybe one or two players per team will put the institution on the map……the rest will simply graduate, and if not an asshole, will go one to make on average of a million dollars more in their lifetime that those that didn’t go to college, how are they exploting them?…….Be realistic, this is a golden opportunity for the majority of NCAA athletes….

  43. JIM BROWN IS RIGHT,THE LEAGUE CAN DO MORE FOR THE PIONEERS,AND THEY DONT AND COLLEGE BASKETBALL AND FOOTBALL IS A MINOR LEAGUES FOR THE PROS.
    ANYBODY CAN SEE THIS ITS NOT RACE ITS REAL ONLY FOOLS WOULD LOOK AT IT AND SAY RACE PLAYS A PART

  44. I think some people are so use todisagreeing with what Jim Brown says that they aren’t paying attention to what he is saying this time before juming all over him.
    Regardless of what you think about him his message is a good one.
    How can anyone have a problem with him trying to protect the players from brain injuries is beyond me.

  45. HarrisonHits says:
    October 30, 2009 12:21 PM
    “Does this tool ever have anything good to say?”
    Hey Reapercalls,
    What about “Your purpose has to be helping people. Helping people have a better life. It is the only way you can achieve quality of life.” do you think is not good ?
    Is it then your belief that total apathy or the screwing of everyone around you as a philosophy of life is “good”, and dedicating your life to “helping people” is bad ?
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    HarrisonHits if I could vote +1 on your post I would, I couldn’t agree more.

  46. man it’s pathetic that freedom of speech isn’t free anymore. what did he say that SO wrong? and, why do folks ALWAYS throw in the,”he beat his wife…” card? does any of us know that he beat his wife? and what the HELL does that have to do with the matter at hand? do any of you know the MONEY and TIME he’s put into getting kids off the streets of L.A.? do you know of his work with Amer-I-can, an organization that he help found? do your research and don’t just throw stones at the man! i’ll bet even at the age of 73 some of you nimrods STILL couldn’t carry his jock! a bunch of bitter, resentful, hateful and contemptable white males who’ve probably NEVER done anything with your lives!

  47. Jim Brown is spot on. It dosen’t matter how He says it His concern is about the greed of NFL Owners, NCAA and the NFLPA. Maybe Mr. Brown dosen’t need the money but there are many players who He played with or against who do need to be taken care of.
    I support Him %100. Right now its all about GREED.

  48. When Mike Ditka says the same thing he’s repected.
    Wonder what the difference is between Ditka and Brown? All I see are two men who used to play pro ball very well and care about the older players who have been damaged by it.
    But what do the white bigots here see? Hmmmmm.

  49. what have you done with your life svanblak?…..Do you realize that 99% OF NCAA athletes don’t get paid for their “profession” in college…..Do you realize they are given a chance to succeed…i could care less how much he has done with the crips and the bloods…….seriously, oh and the beating wife and gf thing was documented by the police….Police records and court judgements are easy to find…has he changed the culture of the ghetto?…..nope not one bit……so why expect those that aren’t in it……to listen, when those that are in it?..If you need a role model..to substitiate you’re excuses……..Jim Brown simply isn’t it

  50. I’m white and I said “I agree with him to a degree but who made him spokesperson for anyone other than Maurice Clarette ?” It’s not a racist thang at all with me. JB does appear racist to a degree at times to me, however.

  51. How in the world did race get injected into this in the first place? Some numbskull always has to try and read between the lines and wedge the race card into issues just because a non-white person is involved, and use that to minimize the arguments of their opponent. It’s a fall-back for the unintelligent that don’t want to argue something on it’s merits. His comments shouldn’t be that terribly controversial and are for the most part parallel mainstream opinion.
    I’m so sick of the race card turning up in obviously non-race related issues. It’s an annoying excuse and a crutch for those who don’t know another way to approach an issue or argument.

  52. Ok enough with the race card BS. This is a HOF running back that you guys only have seen on the NFL Network. Jim brown was and is the greatest running back to ever play the game.
    What he is saying id so sad, but true. College footbal/basketball players get under the table money from unknown sources (Booster’s) but the NCAA always claim it doen’t exist.
    NFL Players get paid because it is a business, plain and simple. But Jim Brown is talking about former NFL players who don’t receive hardly anything from the NFL Players Association nor the NFL. He’s speaking up for all of the former players (Black and White). By the way it’s easy to say he’s a former “Wife Beater” Etc. etc., but are the one’s posting on this PFT site got the balls to say it to this 73 old MAN’s face. Not hardly, because we all know this about Jim Brown, he will back up what he says wiht a trash can full of whipp-azz.

  53. Drat says:
    October 30, 2009 1:36 PM
    ==================
    As a black man, how is it ‘racist’ for me to tell another black man that happens to be an old fool (and a racist himself) to go away?
    How can I, as a black man be ‘racist’ against a black man?
    lol
    You’re a fool, go suck on his ball sack on your own time.

  54. Jim Brown is a phony. He’s always shooting his mouth off about how much money other people need to give, but he’s never willing to offer any money from his own.
    Why everyone in Cleveland worships this idiot is beyond me. He chased away Paul Brown and his 8 World Championships and then only went on to win one of them himself. He was the first player ever to put himself above his coach and his team. He’s spouted off about how current players need to honor their contracts and commitment to their teams, most recently with Crabtree, yet he left Cleveland without finishing out his own contract in order to become a movie star. After football he fled Cleveland and didn’t have anything to do with the town or their team until he was paid money to do so. He even gave a pep talk to the Baltimore Ravens before SBXXXV.

  55. As far as Ditka and Co. go, they are all phonies too. I went to a benefit dinner for Ditka’s group before Super Bowl XLII and it was a joke. Ditka and a bunch of goons played their sad song and tricked people into feeling sorry for them and ponying up $300 of their hard earned cash to help out. Not once did Mike or any of the big name VIP’s come out ot mingle with the “regulars”. It was a joke. Why don’t we raise money for regular people that give up their bodies for their jobs and have medical problems? Why do we hold these dummies in such hig regard? Most of them blew their money and are broke because of bad decisions, not medical bills.

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