When football fans think of the greatest running backs of all time a few names usually come up. Names like Walter Payton, Emmitt Smith, Gale Sayers. There is a player some would consider greater than those previously named, Jim Brown.
The legendary Jim Brown. (Getty Images)
Jim Brown was taken by the Cleveland Browns with the 6th overall pick in the 1957 NFL Draft. Brown was a first-team All American at Syracuse University. His senior season at the school was the most impressive. During the 1956 College Football season Brown ran for 986 yards and scored 14 touchdowns in only eight games that season.
Jim Brown’s pro career would mirror the success of his college days. When he came to Cleveland the Browns had yet to find an incredible running back since Hall Of Fame running back Marion Motley quit the team in 1954. During his rookie season Brown ran for 942 yards and had 9 touchdowns. Brown really turned it up a notch in his second season in 1958, rushing for 1527 yards with 17 touchdowns.
This amazing running back went on to seven seasons with 1,000-yards or more during his nine year career. His highest rushing yardage season came in 1963 when he ran for 1,863- yards. Brown’s 1963 season became the running back record for most rushing yards in a single season. The record stood until 1973 when O.J. Simpson ran for 2,003-yards.
Jim Brown’s final season came in 1965. His final game was on January 2, 1965 in the NFL Championship game against the Green Bay Packers in Green Bay, WI. Brown ran for 50-yards, caught 3 passes for 44-yards but scored no touchdowns. The Packers defeated the Cleveland Browns by a score of 23-12.
During his final campaign Brown ran for 1,544 yards and once again recorded 17 touchdowns on the ground. Brown would decide to leave football following 1965 season to pursue an acting career. Many around football could not believe he would leave the NFL while still proving to be one of the best players in the game. At the age of 29 Jim Brown was retired from football and would never play again in the NFL.
His nine season career still stands out as one of the best in NFL History. Jim Brown amassed 12,312 yards (An NFL record not broken until 1984 by Walter Payton) while rushing for 80 touchdowns and caught 20 touchdown passes. Brown led the league in rushing for eight of his nine seasons and was selected as a Pro Bowler in every season he played in the NFL. In 1971 Jim Brown was inducted into the Pro Football Hall Of Fame.
When going back through the records and accomplishments during his playing days it is hard to deny that Jim Brown is one of the greatest players of all time. He may no lomger hold any of the amazing records he set during his career but they are still impressive 49 years after he retired. He was a bruising power back the likes we have never seen since and may never see again. Jim Brown truly left the game of football while still on top.
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The NBA has had an All Star game since 1951. With the greatest of all time having competed in this contest it is no surprise it has been the place for great moments. The greatest NBA All Star moment came in the 1992 game.
The game took place in Orlando, Florida and featured a class of superstars the likes of which will never be seen again. Great players like Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing, Karl Malone and David Robinson just to name a few. The roster was so stacked that 11 of the 12 players that would make up the 1992 “Dream Team” were on the floor that day.
(Photo: Magic Johnson with the MVP trophy/Getty Images)
The biggest name in the lineup was Magic Johnson. Magic had retired from the game of basketball in November of 1991. This came at the same time he made a shocking announcement that he had contracted HIV. The sports world was devastated by this news.
Magic Johnson had been revered as one of the greatest players of all time. He transformed the point guard position into what it has become today. The tragic news also brought the realization that he would never play again. There was however one thing that everyone forgot about, Magic’s determination and drive.
Magic Johnson came back to basketball after 3 months out of the game to a standing ovation. The stage was set for Magic to steal the show and boy did he. Magic played 29 minutes and scored a total of 25 points in this game for the ages. He battled it out with Michael Jordan who was also a mega star at that time. Magic played with a youthful spirit. You can watch now in 2013 and still feel the excitement and energy that was alive in the Orlando Arena.
Magic Johnson finished the game by going one on one with both Isaiah Thomas and Michael Jordan. He sank a 3 pointer with 14 seconds left on the clock to score the final points of the game. The final 14 seconds were not played. There was no reason the game was already out of reach for the East who lost by a score of 153-113. It was an incredible moment and the right way to end the game, with Magic on top. Magic was awarded the MVP trophy and lauded by all of his peers and the fans in the Arena.
It was to be Magic Johnson’s swan song. However he would end up on the 1992 Olympics Basketball team. Even though his career had more moments that followed that All Star game. His greatest came on that court in Orlando.
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