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James Nathaniel “Jim” Brown was one of the best American athletes of all time. Born on the 17th of February, 1936 in St. Simon’s Island, Georgia, United States, he grew up in an all-black community.

For eight out of his nine year career in sports, he led the National Football League. He was the leading running back player of his time. He excelled in basketball, baseball, track, lacrosse, and football. In addition, Jim played for the Cleveland Browns from 1957 to 1965.

He made records by rushing 237 yards in a single game in 1957; and 1527 yards in a National Football League single season in 1958. In fact, his outstanding performance made him inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971, and in the US Lacrosse National Hall of Fame.

However, at 30 years of age he ventured on his acting career in Hollywood and retired from sports. His movies “The Dirty Dozen” and “100 Rifles” were all noteworthy. Furthermore, Jim helped address Afro-American issues despite no previous racism influence while growing up.