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February 25, 2020
Touchdown Club Announces Legendary NFL Fullback JIM BROWN as a 2020 Luncheon Guest Speaker
Cleveland Browns Legendary Fullback
Guest Speaker for Friday, July 24th “Legends of the Game” Speaker Series Luncheon
Charlotte, N.C. – The Charlotte Touchdown Club is honored to announce NFL Legendary Fullback Jim Brown as one of this year’s luncheon guest speakers. The 2020 “Legends of the Game” Speaker Series Luncheon will be hosted Friday, July 24th at the Sheraton Charlotte Hotel. An estimated sell-out crowd of more than 750 people is anticipated. The event will be hosted in Sheraton Charlotte Hotel grand ballroom from 12:00pm to 1:30pm. (Silent Auction from 11:15am to 11:45am) PROCEEDS BENEFIT THE TOUCHDOWN CLUB SCHOLARSHIP FUND!
(Syracuse)…6’2”, 232…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.
Jim Brown was a superb craftsman whose primary job was to run with the football for the Cleveland Browns. For nine seasons, he did it better than any player before him. When he retired at the age of 30 at the peak of his career, he left behind a record book clogged with Jim Brown notations.
Brown was more than just a one-of-a-kind running back. He caught passes, returned kickoffs, and even threw three touchdown passes. His 12,312 rushing yards and 15,459 combined net yards put him in a then-class by himself. Jim was a unanimous first-team All-NFL pick eight times, 1957 through 1961, 1963-1965. He played in nine Pro Bowls in nine years and was the game’s outstanding back three times. He closed out his career with a three-touchdown outburst in the 1966 Pro Bowl.
Brown was unanimously named the Rookie of the Year in 1957. He was recognized that season as the NFL’s Most Valuable Player by many media organizations. In all, he earned league MVP honors four times (1957, 1958, 1963, and 1965). At Syracuse University, Brown was All-America in both football and lacrosse and a letterman in basketball. Jim selected football as his career sport, however, and thus became the Cleveland Browns’ number 1 draft pick in 1957. Even though coach Paul Brown was traditionally reluctant to use rookies as regulars, Jim Brown was a regular and a star from day one.
In the summer of 1966, Jim stunned the sports world with his announcement that he was retiring. Fans still ponder what heights he might have reached had he stayed on the firing line a few more seasons. As exceptional as Brown’s statistics were, his durability may have been even more amazing. Despite a constant pounding from defenses always stacked against him personally, he never missed a game in nine years.
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