Two Browns have record-setting day
Walking with a cane, 73-year-old Jim Brown hurried downstairs
Sunday to congratulate Jerome Harrison for rushing for 286 yards
and erasing the Cleveland Browns record he had held since 1957.
“I made sure I came down early to be able to greet Mr.
Harrison,” said Brown, who is an executive adviser for the Browns.
“These young people deserve credit when they do something that
great, especially under these circumstances. My heart goes out to
him. I respect him a lot.”
In a 41-34 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs, Harrison was
one of two record-breakers for the lowly Browns. Joshua Cribbs had
a 100-yard kickoff return in the first quarter and a 103-yarder in
the second. On the first one, he broke about half a dozen tackles
and set the NFL career record with his seventh TD return.
On the second, he was hardly touched while breaking his own
record that had stood for less than an hour.
“That’s the way Josh has been his entire career,” said
linebacker Kaluka Maiava, one of Cribbs’ blockers on the kickoff
return team. “He’s just an amazing athlete. When he broke the first
one, as soon as he broke off that last little tackle, I knew he was
gone. Having him return the ball makes it a lot easier to block.
(Opposing tacklers) are real hesitant, they’re not running down as
fast because they’re scared of Josh.”
Everyone knew Cribbs was a great kick returner. He came into
the game tied with Gale Sayers, Ollie Matson, Dante Hall, Mel Gray
and Travis Williams for the most touchdown returns in a career. But
until Sunday, Harrison had never run for more than 121 yards in a
game in his life.
In Cleveland’s seven previous games, he’d rushed for 73
It’s probably a safe bet he’d never been favorably compared
with Brown, the man who led the NFL in rushing in eight of his nine
seasons and remains in the opinion of many the greatest running
back of all time. Twice – in 1957 and again in 1961 – Brown had
rushed for 237 yards.