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Browns name Jim Brown special advisor

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Jim Brown officially returned to the Cleveland Browns on Wednesday.

The Hall of Fame running back was named a special advisor to the team by owner Jimmy Haslam at a press conference on Wednesday in Cleveland. Haslam said that Brown will be active in the community and with fans as part of his new role while Brown also talked about engaging with players. Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Brown said “it’s going to be tremendous” to interact with and help players on the team.

“I am excited to be back and a part of a franchise that will always be very close to my heart,” Brown said in a statement released by the team. “I want to thank Jimmy Haslam and Joe Banner for giving me this chance to return to the organization and the great city of Cleveland, whose fans are the best in the NFL and who always have supported me.  I look forward to getting started and once again make difference, not just with the franchise but in the Northeast Ohio community.”

Brown, who also said that the team would see as much of him “as they can stand,” also addressed his estrangement from the team in recent years. Brown pointed out that “everybody that thought I had no value” to the Browns is now gone from the organization and that Haslam has treated him with nothing but respect. As a result, Brown said he’ll stand by Haslam “come hell or high water” as Haslam faces the fallout from the investigation into Pilot Flying J.

Brown’s return to a formal role with the team should help on the PR front at the very least.

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  1. freepretzels says: May 29, 2013 11:58 AM

    That’s good to see. Brown is a difficult guy, but he’s very bright too. They should have listened to him before and drafted Adrian Peterson.

  2. skoobyfl says: May 29, 2013 12:04 PM

    In further news, his concussion case is ongoing with every other person that ever played who wants more money.

  3. blackqbwhiterb says: May 29, 2013 12:04 PM

    I’d like to make a joke here about how much fun he & Trent Richardson will have hanging out together….

  4. butterstone84 says: May 29, 2013 12:05 PM

    good for him.

  5. rc33 says: May 29, 2013 12:06 PM

    Yo, heads up, female employes of the the Cleveland Browns. Whatever happens one thing’s for sure; Mr. Brown ain’t apologizing.

  6. whatnojets says: May 29, 2013 12:09 PM

    Didn’t he have like a zillion concusions during his NFL career??? Just asking……..

  7. municrew says: May 29, 2013 12:10 PM

    Although a PSL owner and live the browns, wasn’t he the advisor to the Lerners for all those years before Holmgren. Glad we were so good back then and had so few problems with Jim Brown advising. (C. Brown, Couch, Green, Winslow, Edwards, Smith punching Quinn) Signing a 77 year old who wouldn’t even attend his own induction ceremony seems unnecessary. I’ll take Bernie over Brown!!!

  8. turkdaddy429 says: May 29, 2013 12:10 PM

    Otto Graham was the true Champion of this franchise. Go Browns.

  9. lagg1 says: May 29, 2013 12:10 PM

    Jim always played angry. That is why he was successful-that and the fact he could run a 9.8 in pads at 230 lbs and hit you like a train. I hope he helps the Browns but also he contributes to the league.

  10. bmoreravens1012013 says: May 29, 2013 12:12 PM

    Now all they need is for him to jump in a time capsule and suit up! They need all the help they can get anyway. ….All jokes aside , they will be better than last year but still cellar dwellers in the north fellas. Book it!

  11. mrfrostyj says: May 29, 2013 12:18 PM

    It’s good to know that there will now be someone in the locker room to tell the teams first round draft picks how average they are. Right Trent Richardson?

  12. hedleykow says: May 29, 2013 12:21 PM

    If I’m reading this post correctly, Haslam is going to put some of the stolen money from the Pilot Flying J scam to good use by re-instating Brown as the well paid ambassador that he once was. And for that generous act of payola, Brown pledges his unwavering allegiance to Haslam (until he|| freezes over or the checks run out, whichever comes first).

  13. yajas says: May 29, 2013 12:22 PM

    As a Browns fan, I hate to see this. He was a great player 40 years ago but that doesn’t mean the organization is forever in debt to him and required to put up with him. He’s not like John Elway or Ozzie Newsome who are actually doing good jobs and helping their respective organizations. He’s a liability. It’s best to keep him in the past where we can remember him as a great player rather than continually keep him involved and only remember the last time he ran his mouth or slapped a woman.

  14. neofootball says: May 29, 2013 12:24 PM

    Now Haslem should put a statue of him in front of the stadium. Maybe even 3 or 4, kind of like a Rushmore if you will. It would help slow the production of sadness.

    Seriously though, Jim should be in front of that stadium forever.

  15. richkotitte says: May 29, 2013 12:30 PM

    It was a curious list of supplies Jimmy asked him to purchase for his first day of work.

    1) Leather gloves
    2) shovel
    3) Caprice Classic or similar (with large trunk)
    4 ) bleach

    When Jim pressed Jimmy further about his responsibilities, Jimmy exclaimed, “you make Jimmy’s problems go away, kapeesh?”

  16. brownsclown says: May 29, 2013 12:31 PM

    Should have named him GM, the current GM isn’t worth a crap!

  17. rmb3005 says: May 29, 2013 12:31 PM

    Oh, please people, the Browns need to stop living in the past and permanently cut ties with this woman hater. Just because he was one of the best Browns players ever doesn’t mean you need to make up a special role for him. If Haslam is paying him for this, then he’s wasting money that should have been used to keep Dawson or Cribbs on the team.

  18. kev86 says: May 29, 2013 12:35 PM

    Giants used to knock the crap out of Brown. He was a beast.

  19. tedmurph says: May 29, 2013 12:40 PM

    Can’t really see how his whining for attention, bitterness, attitudes about race and constant criticism could be an asset to the team. Guess you have to be a Browns fan to get it.

  20. benjiradio says: May 29, 2013 12:41 PM

    I kind of wish it would have Bernie Kosar, instead. At least he is a nice guy and also doesn’t beat his wife.

  21. laffers says: May 29, 2013 12:47 PM

    Now if he’ll only keep his mouth shut!

  22. godofwine330 says: May 29, 2013 12:47 PM

    Sadly, with me born in 1977, I never got a chance to watch him play except for highlights.

    Aside from that, I think this is a good move by the Browns. Jim Brown is their legend, and should be a part of the organization in some fashion. Good for them on getting this done.

  23. FinFan68 says: May 29, 2013 12:48 PM

    Jim Brown was a great football player. As a person, he has been garbage for many years. Why they want him in the fold makes little sense. Would the Bills hire OJ after he gets out of jail?

  24. lgbarn says: May 29, 2013 12:58 PM

    One of the greatest athletes of our time…much respect for Jim Brown on the Football field or Lacrosse field, Baseball, Basketball whatever else he played and dominated.

  25. torontosbiggestturd says: May 29, 2013 1:03 PM

    After Brown’s initial opinion that Richardson was ‘nothing special’ Trent redeemed himself in Brown’s eye after he proving that he knows how to treat a lady.

  26. Iknoweverything says: May 29, 2013 1:10 PM

    How classy to name a racist, woman beater to position of speacial advisor. Cleveland Browns, even with a new thief as an owner, still dont have a clue

  27. ravensrooster94 says: May 29, 2013 1:18 PM

    The main question Browns fans should be asking is: What will Jim Brown bring to the table as far as making the Cleveland Browns a better football team?

    Answer: Nothing.

    He’s there because he’s an ex-Brown, a NFL icon and a “Cleveland Guy” who wants his ego stroked. One of the best moves Mike Holmgren made during his regime was letting him go.

  28. conseannery says: May 29, 2013 1:22 PM

    Browns name Jim Brown special advisor

    They’d have been better off if they named him running back for the past decade.

  29. yajas says: May 29, 2013 1:29 PM

    tedmurph says: “Can’t really see how his whining for attention, bitterness, attitudes about race and constant criticism could be an asset to the team. Guess you have to be a Browns fan to get it.”

    No, many of us don’t get it either.

  30. oldbrowndawg says: May 29, 2013 1:37 PM

    This would be the same Jim Brown who, by his own admission to his biographer, helped get Paul Brown fired! And, the same guy who “helped” other, more contemporary Browns’ divas (William Green, Kellen Winslow, Braylon Edwards, to name a few) “develop” their careers? Please. This is but a tawdry PR ploy by the new administration. They can let him play with the fan base and “in the community” all they want. But please, PLEASE keep him away from the locker room!

  31. rocketdogsports says: May 29, 2013 1:39 PM

    Jim Brown is the greatest running back in the history of the NFL.
    He commands the respect of every member of the team, and the league,past and present.
    As a proven winner and an example of what an individual can accomplish as a player on a team sport, he can help shape a winning culture on one of the youngest teams in the league, be a positive presence on a team that has produced mostly sadness over the last several years and be the catalyst for long term improvement and leadership the Browns have lacked since their return to the NFL.

    Good luck Cleveland. Another important and positive building block is now in place. Let’s go Browns.

  32. mikethesteelerfan says: May 29, 2013 1:49 PM

    Ahhh.. and here we thought they were turning things around…!!

  33. mikethesteelerfan says: May 29, 2013 1:51 PM

    Season tickets sales just went down!!!

  34. conormacleod says: May 29, 2013 2:00 PM

    I guess it seems like a “feel good” move. But tell me Browns fans, what, exactly, does this do? Does it sell more season tickets? Does it make the team better; in any way, shape, or form? And for the love of god, I hope his hiring was contingent upon a mandate that he not wear that stupid hat he used to wear on the sidelines.

  35. adoombray says: May 29, 2013 2:30 PM

    ““everybody that thought I had no value” to the Browns is now gone”

    Is too bad, because he DOESN’T have any value. Firing Jim Brown was about the only move Holmgren got right in Cleveland.

  36. bmoritz2003 says: May 29, 2013 2:45 PM

    Jim Brown is nothing more than a pathetic old, self aggrandizing has-been who thinks his opinion on anything is of utmost importance. He’s a jerk, plain and simple, and Cleveland is pathetic in how they keep kissing his rear end. They should wise up and tell him to shut up and go away.

  37. brownoholic says: May 29, 2013 3:05 PM

    I gave Mike Holmgren a C- grade for his entire body of work in Cleveland.

    For lessening disgruntled ol’ Jim Brown’s involvement in things I gave him an A+++.

  38. sportnorcal says: May 29, 2013 3:05 PM

    They needed a bitter old throwback, to complain about how much more players today earn, drop the race card every now and then, and whine about how much tougher the players of yesteryear were than the ones currently in the league.

    Good hire.

  39. seanx40 says: May 29, 2013 3:06 PM

    I assume that his job will be to “advise” players on how to get away with felony assault charges. Day 1, How to throw women out of windows and get away with it.

  40. 6sbtitles2sweet says: May 29, 2013 3:18 PM

    You can bring all “THE RING OF HONOR” guys back you want the black sports cloud will forever be over this city. Hasbeen owned a crumb of the Steelers and all was good. He sells his crumb, buys the Browns and puts this joker on his staff…..yea were heading in the right direction Cleveland.

  41. maddog111 says: May 29, 2013 3:19 PM

    rocketdogsports says:
    May 29, 2013 1:39 PM
    Jim Brown is the greatest running back in the history of the NFL.
    He commands the respect of every member of the team, and the league,past and present.
    As a proven winner and an example of what an individual can accomplish as a player on a team sport, he can help shape a winning culture on one of the youngest teams in the league, be a positive presence on a team that has produced mostly sadness over the last several years and be the catalyst for long term improvement and leadership the Browns have lacked since their return to the NFL.

    Good luck Cleveland. Another important and positive building block is now in place. Let’s go Browns.
    ——————————————-
    Yes, he was doing an absolutely fantastic job of that before Holmgren showed him the door.

  42. bigdaddyraven says: May 29, 2013 3:26 PM

    You people who critisize Jim Brown need to shut up. He is the greatest football player of all time, and one of the greatest athlete’s of all time. Whatever problems he had, he served time for them and is over them. He has an estimated net worth of $50 million and has done tremendous work with the Amer-I-can program. You people are so freaking negative. Way to go Cleveland. He didn’t kiss up to people back then and won’t now.

  43. brassknuckles47 says: May 29, 2013 3:58 PM

    I grew up watching Jim Brown drag defensive players all over the field. He was my idol, and I believe the greatest football player ever. That said…..it is time for the Browns to move on. This position only placates JB causing animosity and termoil. it will only keep the Browns in the past. Move on.

  44. redwingfan1234 says: May 29, 2013 4:00 PM

    Can someone explain Brown’s value to the team’s front office???

  45. kwjsb says: May 29, 2013 4:24 PM

    Here is an interesting fact…..
    Since the have reconciled Bernie and Bill B. have been corresponding. Bernie has had a lot of input in to the Patriots offensive schemes. Now he is being courted by Chicago head coach and friend Marc Trestman.
    Jimmy, it is time for Bernie to be included, and he can actually contribute on the Football side of the organization.

  46. jetsjetsjetsnow says: May 29, 2013 4:39 PM

    Awwwe isn’t that cute! Jim gets to be Haslam’s ‘Special’ guy. My autistic nephew had applied for the role but got passed on. Hugs for everyone big fella!!

  47. thefox61 says: May 29, 2013 4:41 PM

    “Browns name Jim Brown special advisor”
    All this means is, he’s in charge of all the guys on the little blue bus.

  48. seaeagle707 says: May 29, 2013 4:48 PM

    I dunno, I like the Browns, I like Jim Brown, I liked reading the history of Paul Brown, I like the city I was probably conceived in (Cleveland), but somehow, I just don’t feel right about this. Its like all of a sudden, naming rights to the stadium happen, Bon Jovi will whoosh into town and make everyone all fuzzy and warmish. New coaching staff and promising players. New, New, New, New.

    And an owner that may soon be under federal indictment for shady business practices. Is Haslam throwing Cleveland the big party now, “before” he has to sail away to penitentiary land?

    For me, hold the mustard and the onions, and just put a damned winning football team on the field, please!!!!

    Thank you.

  49. Sandra Lee's Cans says: May 29, 2013 8:11 PM

    Meh.

  50. lakermetskins says: May 29, 2013 9:01 PM

    Enough about Bernie Kosar already! I know Cleveland Fans love him because he’s a local guy who is nice, and kept his roots there but please, what has he really done to make him an icon?

    There was another local guy who played basketball, is a true icon in his sport, put the entire city on the map, but gets sh_t on because he left.

    Why Cleveland has the loser mentality = Most fans in Cleveland will take Kosar over Jim Brown or the 4 time NBA MVP to represent their city!

    Neither Jim Brown nor LBJ were perfect. But Bernie’s had his problems also.

    It’s simply absurd that Mr. Jim Brown, even with his personal issues, is not the face of the franchise. I wish he played in another city where fans would truly appreciate his greatness.

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