Jim Brown, NFL legend and Army vet, dies at age 87

| May 19, 2023

Jim Brown in 2014

Probably the most famous Cleveland Brown of all time, Jim Brown, passed away yesterday. For nine seasons, from 1957 to 1965, Brown was one of the best players in the NFL. A member of both the College Football and Pro Football Halls of Fame, he was sent to the Pro Bowl every year he played. He got one Super Bowl ring (1964), was a 3x NFL Most Valuable Player (’57, ’58, and ’65), was NFL Rookie of the Year (’57), led the league in rushing yards for eight of his nine years, and was the league leader for rushing touchdowns.

At the time of his retiring from pro football he held several records. He then went in to acting. His most memorable role for me is as one of the convicts in The Dirty Dozen that Lee Marvin’s character whips into a special operations unit. He appeared in many films and TV series over the years.

Before all this, Brown, as most men of his generation were required to at college, participated in the US Army ROTC program at Syracuse. He was commissioned a second lieutenant and served four years in the Army Reserve, while playing in the NFL. He received an honorable discharge as a captain.

Category: Army, Historical, We Remember

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Rest Well Dear Sir.

{slow salute}


How far the NFL has fallen… take notes Craperdick!

RIP sir


Mr. Brown played during a time when sportsmanship and patriotism was above everything else.


Rest In Peace, sir!


Rest In Peace, CPT James Nathaniel (Jim) Brown.




“Orange football legend Jim Brown has been selected for induction into the U.S. Army ROTC National Hall of Fame the Syracuse University Office of Veteran and Military Affairs announced on Friday, June 10.”

“Brown is one of two University alums in this year’s inaugural induction class, along with Maj. Gen. Peggy Combs. The pair will be recognized later today in a formal ceremony at Fort Knox, Ky., commemorating the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the ROTC.”

“One of the greatest athletes of the 20th century, Brown graduated from Syracuse in 1957 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant through the Army ROTC. Shortly after graduation, Brown entered the NFL Draft and was selected sixth overall by the Cleveland Browns. He also continued his military training commitment at Ft. Benning, Ga. as an Army Reserve officer. Brown continued to serve for four more years and was honorably discharged from the Army Reserve with the rank of captain.”

“In 1957, Brown was named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player, Rookie of the Year, and won the league’s rushing title, all while serving as an Army Reserve officer. Through his commitment to service, Brown exemplified the character and commitment expected of a leader and officer in the United States Army. Over the next eight years, Brown won three more league MVP awards, was elected to play in every Pro Bowl, and led the NFL in rushing seven more times.”

RGR 4-78

Rest in Peace Captain Brown.


Fair winds and following seas.


The MAN!

Green Thumb

Dirty Dozen.

One of the best.

Rest well, JB.

You will be missed.


He shall be missed.


Mr. Brown was the legend and leader on and off the field that punks like Kaepernick only dream of being. Salute for a life well lived.


The best RB in NFL history….and if you read his bio, the BEST lacrosse player EVER. The guy was an athlete and a patriot.


Lacrosse was actually his primary sport at Syracuse. Football was just a side gig to him.


Uh, the late Walter Payton would like a word…


…When the knee-for-the-anthem nonsense started, the Browns players were split on whether or not to do it. Jim Brown went to their locker room following a practice session and told them – quietly, clearly, and firmly – “Don’t”.

Some eventually did, but it was a while before it came up again.


Rest easy Captain.


Rest Well sir


Old tanker

A life well lived, served his country, had a great football career then moved on to other pursuits. Well done Capt., RIP.


Well known for violent assaults of women as well…


My favorite movie line of his- “What the fuck; I ain’t killed nobody in a long time.”


No Super Bowl ring, he retired before there was a Super Bowl.


Was he also known as Jim Ed Brown, back in the 50s? That’s the name I remember him by… maybe memory is only for so long.


Jim Ed Brown was a country singer, known for “The Three Bells” and “Pop a Top” (later covered by Alan Jackson). Well before my time but I can’t help but crank up Willies Roadhouse when one of his songs come on.

RIP Jim Brown, you served well and will forever be immortalized by your work in Hollywood and the NFL.

lawrence todd

As good of a player as Jim was in football, I think he was even better as a lacrosse player.


Rest Easy, Good Sir. A Class Act, all around.