James Nathaniel Brown (born February 17, 1936) is an American
former professional football player who has also made his mark as
an actor and social activist. He is best known for his exceptional
and record-setting nine-year career as a Fullback for the NFL
Cleveland Browns from 1957 to 1965. He is widely considered the
best running back of all time; in 2002 was named by The Sporting
News as the greatest professional football player ever. Uniquely,
Brown was every bit as good as a lacrosse player, with the National
Lacrosse Hall of Fame stating that he was "widely considered to be
the greatest lacrosse player ever."
Brown's memorable professional career led to his induction into
the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971. Brown's football talents at
Syracuse garnered him a berth in the College Football Hall of Fame.
Brown also earned a spot in the Lacrosse Hall of Fame, giving him a
rare triple crown of sorts as well as being one of the few athletes
to be a Hall of Fame member in more than one sport.