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Browns to build a Jim Brown statue

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On the 80th birthday of the greatest Cleveland Brown who ever lived, the Browns have announced that he’ll be immortalized.

“Everyone admires the incredible impact that Jim Brown has made for Cleveland, the Browns and the NFL throughout his lifetime, and we have had the special opportunity to know and learn from his contributions to our team on a personal level, as well,” Browns owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam said in a statement release by the team. “It is only fitting that one of the most iconic professional football players and members of Cleveland and the Browns is commemorated with this statue as he will always be such a permanent fixture in our city.”

In a nine-year career, Brown gained 12,312 yards, an average of 5.2 per carry and more than 104 per game. He retired in 1966, at the age of 30.

Brown’s decision, ostensibly to pursue a film career, was a stunner. But plenty of players have chosen to walk away on their own terms; only in the post-CTE NFL has a player’s decision to quit voluntarily become the subject of predictions that the supply of football players eventually won’t meet the demand.

The reality is that the supply of players (with the exception of quarterbacks) far outweighs the demand, and teams will be able to continue to load up rosters and depth charts with players, the vast majority of whom will be exiting the sport involuntarily as new players constantly arrive on the scene.

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35 Responses to “Browns to build a Jim Brown statue”
  1. tndiver says: Feb 17, 2016 1:37 PM

    pretty sure he retired WAY before 1996!

  2. nflazcardsfan says: Feb 17, 2016 1:37 PM

    Wow … in 1996 he would’ve been 60!

  3. goodguyattorney says: Feb 17, 2016 1:37 PM

    About time.

  4. niners816 says: Feb 17, 2016 1:39 PM

    If they go through workers like they do qb’s, that statue won’t be done until 2040 and will look like Foxy Brown.

  5. radrntn says: Feb 17, 2016 1:44 PM

    what took so long?

  6. D. Carter 1906 says: Feb 17, 2016 1:44 PM

    No indeed!! I love Jim Brown – but if a statue should go up outside First Energy stadium it should be Papa Paul Brown!!!!!!

  7. tonebones says: Feb 17, 2016 1:45 PM

    Oh good. Now I’ll have a reason to visit Cleveland.

  8. loadsabot says: Feb 17, 2016 1:45 PM

    The statue will still probably be their best option in the run game.

  9. pookeye says: Feb 17, 2016 1:51 PM

    uhhh….. we need to get Paul Brown statue made as well, to commemorate the man that made this team, named after, and began the storied success that the original browns had.

  10. granadafan says: Feb 17, 2016 1:52 PM

    Well deserved honor for a great player.

  11. aaronfraudgers says: Feb 17, 2016 1:56 PM

    Jim Brown was a good running back, but if you watch his film, it’s clear that he’d be very average in today’s NFL.

  12. tdubdizzle says: Feb 17, 2016 1:58 PM

    Hue Jackson thinks his statue should be in front of the Browns stadium.

  13. metalup666 says: Feb 17, 2016 2:03 PM

    They don’t have like one or five by now? WTH?

  14. vancouversportsbro says: Feb 17, 2016 2:04 PM

    Lebron James is outraged he doesn’t have his own statue yet.

  15. dmc1542 says: Feb 17, 2016 2:14 PM

    This comes how many years after the statue of ray lewis was built in Baltimore??

  16. milwaukeeguy says: Feb 17, 2016 2:17 PM

    I’m surprised they don’t have either a Paul or Jim statue. If anyone is statue worthy it would be those guys for a while now.

  17. silvernblacksabbath says: Feb 17, 2016 2:18 PM

    Would Brown be great in today’ NFL??? I say he’d be good but not great… He played against mostly all white dudes… sorry

  18. willycents says: Feb 17, 2016 2:35 PM

    I figured there would be a statue of Johnny Manziel before Jim Brown got one. j/k

  19. latrueredskin says: Feb 17, 2016 2:43 PM

    This should have been done decades ago

  20. RegisHawk says: Feb 17, 2016 2:46 PM

    He’s still not gonna lift the voodoo curse.

  21. mmack66 says: Feb 17, 2016 2:46 PM

    tdubdizzle says:
    Feb 17, 2016 1:58 PM

    Hue Jackson thinks his statue should be in front of the Browns stadium.
    ——————

    Where else would they put it?

  22. unknown says: Feb 17, 2016 2:47 PM

    In the long-defunct Cleveland Press, a photographer took a shot of Paul and Jim Brown on the sidelines together. That would make a great statue.

  23. artvan15 says: Feb 17, 2016 2:49 PM

    How could the Brownies possibly screw this statue up? They will figure out a way…

  24. mikebrownbears30 says: Feb 17, 2016 3:00 PM

    A picture of what is wrong with the Browns if they are first considering this statue 51 years after his retirement!

  25. pastabelly says: Feb 17, 2016 3:11 PM

    Get it done. Transcendent players in any sport should get treatment like that. Chicago has one of Michael Jordan in front of the United Center and Boston has one for Bobby Orr in front of TD Garden. Jim Brown would fall in this obvious category.

  26. rcali says: Feb 17, 2016 3:49 PM

    Um, didn’t he have some domestic violence issues? Guess we forgot about those?

  27. gabrosin says: Feb 17, 2016 3:50 PM

    So we’re all going to continue to pretend that Jim Brown is a hero, even though he’s abused several women?

  28. 4rings4brady says: Feb 17, 2016 4:41 PM

    Is Jim Brown deserving of a statue? Yes. But he isn’t the greatest Brown ever. That would be Otto Everett Graham, Jr.

  29. JSpicoli says: Feb 17, 2016 4:56 PM

    The statue will have an interactive feature. When you stand in front of it he starts issuing opinions.

  30. lambeaudungbarn says: Feb 17, 2016 6:01 PM

    D. Carter 1906 says:
    Feb 17, 2016 1:44 PM

    No indeed!! I love Jim Brown – but if a statue should go up outside First Energy stadium it should be Papa Paul Brown!!!!!!
    ============================================================================
    I agree 100%. Jim Brown was a great player but he added his share of Reverse Racism comments in the past 59 years. Call it Activism if you want, but a white guy would be hung out to dry if he said some of the things Jim Brown has said about a different race.
    Paul Brown built the team and then made them Champions. He was also much more important than any one Player. What about those superb Linemen Tight ends and Receivers blocking for Brown on the line and downfield that get ZERO credit!
    Jim carried the Rock for 9 years, and was superbly conditioned in a time before that was as common as it is now.
    This has the feeling of White guilt added with some over compensation.
    This has created kind of a Monster of expectations.

  31. kwjsb says: Feb 17, 2016 7:20 PM

    Paul Brown should be first

    Second should be the greatest QB in History…… Otto Graham ….Played 10 years…went to 10 Championships….Won 7 Rings

    JB would be 3rd on my list of statues…

  32. stoolerz says: Feb 17, 2016 8:29 PM

    Haslems going to charge everyone a dollar to see it.

  33. qdog112 says: Feb 18, 2016 7:38 AM

    Long overdue. The NFL should also name the MVP award after him. Jim Brown is the greatest player to ever lace up a pair of cleats.

    Guess they’re waiting for Brady or Peyton to retire. Mark it down.

  34. justanotherdummy says: Feb 18, 2016 8:10 AM

    He is a domestic violence perpetrator. He would be run out of today’s NFL.

  35. nofaceangler718 says: Feb 18, 2016 6:49 PM

    I’m guessing the woman who “fell” off of his balcony won’t be there for the ribbon cutting. Great player, probably not the greatest guy, especially if you are a woman. I’m a little ambivalent about the statue. Give Paul Brown one first.

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