2016 NYSPHSAA Hall of Fame Countdown: Jim Brown

Jim Brown from Manhasset High School is one of six members of the NYSPHSAA Hall of Fame Class of 2016.

Author: David Almaviva, NYSPHSAA Communications Intern/Joe Agostinelli, NYSPHSAA Director of Communications

Jim Brown is one of the most well rounded, successful athletes in the history of high school and collegiate athletics. Graduating from Manhasset High School in Section 8, Brown lettered in football, basketball, track and field, lacrosse, and baseball.

During his high school career, he excelled in all five sports. In 1952, Brown won the Thorp Award for Most Outstanding Football Player in Nassau County. In addition to that, he averaged 38 points per game for the basketball team. The same year, Brown received two All-County honors in football and two Newsday All-Scholastic Honors in basketball. He also won the Nassau County High Jump Championship and was named All-Metropolitan Lacrosse League Midfielder.

Brown continued his athletic career playing football and lacrosse at Syracuse University. At Syracuse, he earned All-American status in both lacrosse and football before being drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the 1957 National Football League draft.

He played for the Browns from 1957 until 1965 and was named Rookie of the Year in 1957. He earned nine Pro Bowl selections, won three Associated Press MVP awards, was an eight time rushing champion. Brown racked up over 12,000 rushing yards and scored 106 touchdowns during his career.

After Brown’s athletic career ended, he received awards for his success over the years. In 2002, he was named the greatest professional football player ever by The Sports News magazine. He was also elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971 and the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1983. The Cleveland Browns retired his jersey number 32.