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How does Cleveland Browns running back Jim Brown compare to other legendary greats? Fan’s view
While Lewis was a great player, his career can not match that of fellow Cleveland alumni Jim Brown. That Georgia native, who retired when he was only 29-years-old, is considered by many to be the definitive football player.
There are many legendary running backs in football history, including all-time rushing leader Emmitt Smith. Like Lewis, Smith played for two different teams during his career. Smith racked up 18,355 yards with the Dallas Cowboys and the Arizona Cardinals.
Chicago Bear Walter Payton ranks second with 16,726 yards and Detroit Lion Barry Sanders ranks third with 15,269 yards.
Growing up, I had a Philadelphia Eagles Wilbert Montgomery jersey among my collection. His 6,789 rushing yards rank fifty-sixth on the all-time list.
A different time
When Brown first entered the League, teams played 12-game seasons. It wasn't until 1961, the fifth year of his career, that the 14-game season took effect.
While his entire career was outstanding, the 1958, 1963 and 1965 seasons still appear to be in motion all these years later.
During twelve games in 1958, the 22-year-old rushed for 1,527 yards, averaged 5.9 yards per attempt, had 138 receiving yards and scored 18 combined touchdowns.
During fourteen games in 1963, he rushed for 1,863 yards, averaged 6.4 yards per attempt, had 268 receiving yards and scored 15 combined touchdowns.
During his final season in 1965, he rushed for 1,544 yards, averaged 5.3 yards per attempt, had 328 receiving yards and scored 21 combined touchdowns.
Brown ended his career with 12,312 rushing yards, which was an average of 5.2 yards per attempt. He had 262 receptions for 2,499 yards, which was an average of 9.5 per reception. He scored a combined 126 touchdowns.
Some of his honors
The Georgia native made the Pro Bowl during each season of his career.
The Associated Press recognized him as League MVP during his rookie season of 1957. Three different organizations recognized him as League MVP in 1958, 1963 and 1965.
Brown was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1971.
I became a Philadelphia Eagles fan in the late 1970s. Back then Dick Vermeil, Ron Jaworski, Wilbert Montgomery, Harold Carmichael and Vince Papale fueled our football passion . I have written professionally since the 1990s. Read my blog Insight and follow me on Twitter @ SeanyOB
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