Former Cleveland Browns running back Jim Brown has died at the age of 87, his family announced Friday.
Brown led the NFL in rushing yards in eight of his nine seasons in the league. No other running back in NFL history has led the league in rushing more than four times.
Brown retired after nine seasons to pursue a career in entertainment. He was also an activist in the Civil Rights movement.
Here’s a look at his life in photos:
Brown graduated from Syracuse in 1957 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army ROTC.
Brown rushed for 2,091 yards and scored 26 touchdowns during his college career at Syracuse.
Brown lettered in four sports (football, lacrosse, basketball and track) during his collegiate career at Syracuse.
Brown sits with teammates in the Syracuse football locker room.
Brown, who was selected in the first round of the 1957 draft, played nine seasons for the Cleveland Browns (1957-65) and led the league in rushing in eight of those years.
Brown sits in front of his house with his family, wife Sue and twins Kim and Kevin, 19 months.
Brown rushed for 12,312 yards and averaged 5.2 yards per carry in his career. He was also named a Pro Bowler every year he played.
Brown visited Elvis Presley between scenes of his film, “Roustabout.”
He led the Browns to the league championship game three times, won the title in 1964, and was named MVP three times.
Brown with Les Keiter and Howard Cosell at ringside for the 1964 Cassius Clay- Sonny Liston boxing match.
In June 1967, Brown organized “The Cleveland Summit,” a meeting of the nation’s top Black athletes, including Bill Russell and Lew Alcindor, who later became Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, to support the boxer’s fight Muhammad Ali was against serving in Vietnam.
In later years, Brown worked to prevent gang violence in Los Angeles, and in 1988, he founded Amer-I-Can, a program to help disadvantaged youth and ex-convicts.
Brown interviewed Muhammad Ali about his upcoming fight with George Foreman, The Rumble in the Jungle, in 1974.
Brown with former Cleveland Browns coach Bill Belichick in 1994.
Brown watched the action from the sideline during training camp in 2014.
Brown was honored with a statue at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland in 2016. “It’s a great moment,” Brown said when the statue was unveiled, “because I feel it in my whole body, especially in my heart and mind.”
“To the world he was an activist, actor, and football star,” said his wife, Monique in announcing Brown’s death in an Instagram post last Friday afternoon. “To our family he was a loving and wonderful husband, father, and grandfather. Our hearts are broken…”