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.”