Browns drop Jim Brown’s official title

One of the NFL’s greatest ball carriers, Jim Brown has been

stripped of his title.

The Hall of Fame running back is no longer an official executive

adviser for the Cleveland Browns, the team he played for during his

entire stellar career. Brown had served as a consultant for the

Browns and team owner Randy Lerner for the past few years.

Brown’s title has been dropped, but the Brown of all Browns will

still be involved with the team, spokesman Neal Gulkis said

Thursday.

Gulkis said Brown recently met with new team president Mike

Holmgren, and the pair agreed that Brown will not have an official

role. The 74-year-old Brown will remain active in various programs,

Gulkis said. He spoke to the team’s rookies during their recent

minicamp.

Brown rushed for 12,312 yards during his famed career with the

Browns from 1957-65. He retired as the league’s leading rusher, and

Brown still holds several team records. His No. 32 was retired by

Cleveland in 1971, when he was enshrined in Canton, Ohio.

Despite a back problem that forces him to use a cane, Brown has

been a fixture at Cleveland’s summer training camp in recent years.

In April, he took the stage at New York’s Radio City Music Hall and

announced one of the Browns selections in the NFL draft.

Brown has maintained close ties to Cleveland since retiring. He

has been a social activist since leaving the game and remains

outspoken on almost any topic. Last week in a radio interview,

Brown came to the defense of Cavaliers superstar LeBron James by

saying the NBA’s two-time MVP was being treated unfairly by fans

after the team was eliminated from the playoffs.