Jim Brown, arguably the best soccer participant of all time, has died on the age of 87, TMZ Sports activities has confirmed.
“It is with profound sadness that I announce the passing of my husband, Jim Brown,” Monique Brown tells us. “He passed away peacefully last night at our L.A. home. To the world he was an activist, actor and football star.”
“To our family, he was a loving and wonderful husband, father and grandfather. Our hearts are broken.”
We’re advised Jim hadn’t been doing nicely … and was lately visited by a number of of his shut buddies together with Marshall Faulk, Eric Dickerson and Taste Flav.
Brown, a first-round choose in 1957 (sixth total), went on to win 3 NFL MVP awards. Jim was named to eight First Workforce All-Professional groups over the course of his unbelievable profession. He led the NFL in speeding 8 instances, and speeding touchdowns, 5. He gained a championship in 1964.
Except for his prowess on the soccer subject, Brown was additionally a legendary lacrosse participant at Syracuse, the place he earned All-American honors.
After his athletic profession, Jim went on to star as a Hollywood actor … in movies like “The Dirty Dozen” and “Any Given Sunday.”
Along with his unbelievable athleticism and expertise on the large display screen, Jim was additionally one of the vital distinguished voices on the civil rights scene.
Brown held the Cleveland Summit in June 1967, in assist of Muhammad Ali, who refused to serve within the Vietnam Warfare.
Brown was joined by Invoice Russell and Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar), and others.
The Cleveland Browns launched a press release on Friday … saying, “Legend. Leader. Activist. Visionary.”
“It’s impossible to describe the profound love and gratitude we feel for having the opportunity to be a small piece of Jim’s incredible life and legacy. We mourn his passing, but celebrate the indelible light he brought to the world.”
“Our hearts are with Jim’s family, loved ones, and all those he impacted along the way.”
Brown, whose #32 was retired by the Browns, was inducted into the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame in 1971 … and the School Soccer Corridor of Fame in 1995. He is additionally a member of the Lacrosse HOF.
Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame president Jim Porter additionally spoke on Brown’s passing … saying, “When Jim Brown’s name was announced in a room, other Hall of Famers stood and applauded him.”
“His persona has stood the test of time — a fearless and dominant football player. Jim will always be remembered as one of pro football’s greatest individuals.”
Brown was final seen out in public throughout Tremendous Bowl weekend … showing on the NFL Honors ceremony, the place Emmitt Smith and Barry Sanders introduced the league’s annual speeding trophy can be named in his honor.
Today, I lost my mentor and hero. RIP Jim Brown. My deepest sympathies to your wife, Monique and your entire family. pic.twitter.com/rDGLVTQh6a
— FLAVOR FLAV (@FlavorFlav) May 19, 2023
Flav shared an image with Brown from that evening in his tribute to the legend … saying, “Today, I lost my mentor and hero. RIP Jim Brown. My deepest sympathies to your wife, Monique and your entire family.”
LeBron James additionally shared a touching submit in Brown’s honor … saying, “We lost a hero today. Rest in Paradise to the legend Jim Brown.”
“I hope every Black athlete takes the time to educate themselves about this incredible man and what he did to change all of our lives. We all stand on your shoulders Jim Brown.”
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Brown’s life off the sector was not with out controversy — he was arrested over quite a few allegations of violence towards ladies spanning a number of a long time. He was charged with rape, sexual battery and assault in 1985, though the case was later dismissed.
Brown was additionally busted for smashing the home windows of his spouse’s automobile in 1999 … and served three months behind bars after skipping obligatory home violence counseling.
We mentioned Jim Brown’s legacy in a latest episode of the Final Days Podcast, accessible on all podcast platforms.
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