According to Yahoo Jim Brown, died Thursday at his home in Los Angeles, his wife told the Associated Press and the Cleveland Browns confirmed.
He was 87.
Tributes have been pouring in including Meagan Good who thanked him for helping her to be the quality of a woman she is today.
I hate post about death. .. so I’ll make this one about Life .
My Godpop .. my mentor .. my best friend .. you changed the trajectory of my Life as a young woman.
You listened .. saw me when I felt unseen.. you gave a tiny black girl a big voice ..and a unapologetic attitude.. Encouraged me to walk boldly to the beat of my own drum. To be humble + of service.
Taught me to never to stand by when I see injustice.. encouraged me to be the best and freest actress I could be.. taught me to pursue a positive mindset + a spirit of not complaining- but action when things aren’t fair.. Reminded me it’s always bigger than me and to use the platform God has so graciously given me for good.
You. Changed. My. Life .
The pain of never hearing your huge but calm chuckle again is immeasurable .. the grief of never getting to sit with you + have our meeting of the minds .. to be encouraged that my perspective is unique, God-given, authentic and is much needed.
I miss you tremendously already.
I’m heartbroken. .. yet I am overwhelmed with so much gratitude ?? of having been at the feet of one of the most phenomenon giants the world has ever known and doesn’t truly know the fullness of.. one of the greatest minds of a lifetime .. one of the biggest ?s for others I’ll ever get to know.
Thank you for loving me. Thank you and Monique for taking me + my family under your wings.
Thank you for being the catalyst for so much of the quality of the woman I am today.
I love you in this life and the next- forever.
Then she included a series of throw back pictures as well to go with the caption.
Brown had a nearly immaculate NFL career. He played nine seasons for the Cleveland Browns and led the league in rushing eight times.
He was a Pro Bowler all nine seasons and a first-team All-Pro eight times.
Before he abruptly retired in 1966, he had the most rushing yards and touchdowns in NFL history.
He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971.
Brown’s legacy included civil rights advancement
Brown was more than a football player.
He was a civil rights activist, putting together the famous “Ali Summit” of 1967 that included Muhammad Ali, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bill Russell. The New York Times said, “the moment itself would be remembered as the first — and last — time that so many African American athletes at that level came together to support a controversial cause.”
Jim Brown Forever ??♾️
Legend. Leader. Activist. Visionary.
It’s impossible to describe the profound love and gratitude we feel for having the opportunity to be a small piece of Jim’s incredible life and legacy. We mourn his passing, but celebrate the indelible light he… pic.twitter.com/F2rrTUnsc1
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) May 19, 2023