News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Akron General

Northeast Ohio Medical University


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Sports


Hall of Famer Jim Brown is back with the Cleveland Browns
The former Browns star returns to work with players and the Northeast Ohio community
by WKSU's KEVIN NIEDERMIER


Reporter
Kevin Niedermier
 
Jim Brown talks about being rehired to work for his old team, the Cleveland Browns. Next to him is team owner Jimmy Haslam, a longtime fan of the Hall of Fame running back.
Courtesy of Kevin Niedermier
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:

A Cleveland Brown’s icon has returned to the team. Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown has been rehired to work with the players and the community. Team owner Jimmy Haslam calls Brown an icon who can improve the Browns even after nearly 50 years off the field.

LISTEN to Niedermier on the reunification of the Browns and Jim Brown

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (3:17)


Jim Brown was a team adviser under former Browns owner Randy Lerner. But in 2010, then team president, Mike Holmgren, abruptly released Brown, a move that rankled Brown as well as his many fans. But, the 77-year-old Brown says he has no hard feelings.


“I have a great respect for this city and for the way the fans have treated me through my many ups and downs here. And, I would just like to say I like the new ownership, I respect it, and I will stand by the new ownership come hell or high water.”

Pilot Flying J troubles are no issue
Team owner Jimmy Haslam is working through lawsuits against -- and an FBI investigation of -- his truck stop company over an allegedly dishonest fuel-rebate program. That’s an issue new team employee Brown says he doesn't worry about because he trusts and respects Haslam. Haslam says he’s always been a fan of Jim Brown, who played for the Browns from 1957 to 1965, the last year the team won a championship. He says he first approached Brown last fall about returning to the fold.

Jim Brown's playing career:
Class of 1971
Fullback >>> 6-2, 232
(Syracuse)
1957-1965 Cleveland Browns

James Nathaniel Brown ... Syracuse All-American, 1956 ... Browns' No. 1 draft pick, 1957 ... Awesome runner, led NFL rushers eight years ... All-NFL eight of nine years ... NFL's Most Valuable Player, 1957, 1958, 1965 ... Rookie of the Year, 1957 ... Played in nine straight Pro Bowls ... Career marks: 12,312 yards rushing, 262 receptions, 15,459 combined net yards, 756 points scored ... Born February 17, 1936, in St. Simons, Georgia.

Source: Pro Football Hall of Fame

Haslam says Brown will have many duties
“His title is 'special advisor,' and he’ll be active on several fronts," says Haslam. "He’ll be active in the community because that’s where his heart is, and he’ll be active with our fan base because No. 32 is the most famous Cleveland Brown of all time. It’s a thrill for me to be up here with him. He’s still very intimidating, but I think I could outrun him, but wouldn’t want to be in close corners with him.”

In 1965, Brown retired from football to pursue a movie career, which now includes appearances more than 40 films. In 1988, he founded Amer-I-Can, a program that works with young people, gang members and prison inmates. Brown says his involvement in that program gives him credibility with younger NFL players, many of whom get into trouble because they don’t have fathers or other adults to look up to.

Brown hopes to keep younger player out of trouble
“Player engagement is where I’ll be most of the time because I think the road to a championship is through your players. Their attitudes and health are important. And I’ll be giving them suggestions and advise on handling their money because bankruptcy is a big problem in the league right now."

Brown also hopes to meet with new head coach Rob Chudzinski to see what kind of help he might need to put a winning team on the field. Meanwhile, Brown says he’ll do whatever the team asks him to do.  

Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

Farm-to-School: Cafeteria lunch is fresh and local at Tallmadge High School
Great job Tallmadge City Schools! So glad to have a progressive business manager and superintendant!

World premiere at Cleveland Institute of Music is fanfare for a new theme
J'ai une grande admiration pour Daniil Trifonov que j'ai vu en concert deux fois à Paris je ne lui trouve pas d'égal c'est un ange tombe du ciel

Kent's journalism school faculty protest presidential search secrecy
There really was too much secrecy behind the selection process. Hopefully the letter by the faculty members will convince the board to provide more information ...

Belgian cargo ship creates new export route between Antwerp and NEO
The vessel is registered in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Not in Belgium ;)

Exploradio: Tracking Ohio's champion trees
Absolutely loved this story. We lost 3 of our larger ash trees last year due to EAB. Big, beautiful trees are something to be treasured, and many times they tru...

Ohio's rules on fracking and earthquakes are a first
I'm right in the middle of the issue. Like oil independence, but hope there is pre- and current-drilling assurance re dangers from pollution, earthquakes and th...

Bridgestone exec indictments are latest step in a billion-dollar price-fixing case
Why is O.P.E.C Not investigated and charges brought against it and it's member companies? It sounds exactly the same...

Ohio's new drilling rules rely on known earthquake faults
requiring drillers to place seismic monitors when they drill within 3 miles of known fault lines. This comment really upsets me!! What good does an instrument t...

Kasich's gubernatorial ad focuses on his blue-collar roots
John Kasich is the biggest con-man in America. He will say one thing and then do the opposite. He is terribly successful at fooling the public and he is worki...

Cab drivers who refuse to drive Gay Games taxis will be replaced
the irony is that most americans distrust or hate muslims much more than they hate gays!! silly ignorant bigots-GO HOME!!!

Copyright © 2014 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University