Learning about football watching Jim Brown

We landed in Wisconsin in September 1964 and everything was Packers football. It was the NFL on CBS and the AFL on NBC. They played on Sunday afternoon, and Vince Lombardy had a weekly show on TV to talk about the last and upcoming games.

Who remembers Jim Brown carrying the ball many years ago?  

I do, and it’s a shame that it ended so quickly, as Tim Layden wrote:    

To his football heirs—from Barry Sanders to Adrian Peterson—he’s the one player by which their own greatness is measured. To those who played with and against the Cleveland Browns legend, his prowess, intensity and intellect remain awe-inspiring. Fifty years after walking away from the game at his peak, he still towers over the NFL. Yes, he was just that good.

Yes, he was that good or better that great! The stats are unbelievable: He rushed for 13,112 yards in 118 games plus 108 TD’s. He averaged 104.3 per game! Yes, it’s true that today’s game is more about passing than rushing. Nevertheless, those numbers stand on their own.

Brown died in 2023, and I miss every one of those rushing yards that my brother and I watched on TV.

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  1. I came to the U.S., in November 1960 and I remember the great Jim Brown from reading about him and watching games on television. In 1965, another great running back came to the scene, Gale Sayers of the Chicago Bears, but I was a Green Bay Packers fan, with Bart Starr, Jim Taylor, Paul Hornung, Max McGee, Ray Nitschke, Willie Wood and many others. (In basketball I was never a Boston Celtics fan. I was for whatever team Wilt Chamberlain was playing for, like the Philadelphia 76ers and San Francisco Warriors. Since I had relatives in Chicago, I was also a fan of the Chicago Bulls, BEFORE Michael Jordan and after Wilt had retired).

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