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
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
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.