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Meeting the greatest NFL running back of all time
Oct 25, 2014 22:17:24   #
mwdegutis Loc: Illinois
 
To all my OPP friends who may or may not be Cleveland Browns fans (I'll forgive you AuntiE for being a Ravens fan)... today I had the honor of shaking the hand and talking briefly with the greatest NFL running back of all time…JIM BROWN. I was lucky enough to sit next to him on our flight back from Jacksonville after last Sunday’s game. It was quite a thrill meeting one of my childhood heroes.

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Oct 25, 2014 23:14:52   #
UncleJesse Loc: Hazzard Co, GA
 
I remember Barry Sanders, the first to have five 1,500-yard rushing seasons and the only back to do so in four consecutive seasons (1994-1997) but his dad could not get himself to congratulate him but only to say something like he was not as good as Jim Brown.

mwdegutis wrote:
To all my OPP friends who may or may not be Cleveland Browns fans (I'll forgive you AuntiE for being a Ravens fan)... today I had the honor of shaking the hand and talking briefly with the greatest NFL running back of all time…JIM BROWN. I was lucky enough to sit next to him on our flight back from Jacksonville after last Sunday’s game. It was quite a thrill meeting one of my childhood heroes.

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Oct 25, 2014 23:21:20   #
missinglink Loc: Tralfamadore
 
He was certianly a great one.

mwdegutis wrote:
To all my OPP friends who may or may not be Cleveland Browns fans (I'll forgive you AuntiE for being a Ravens fan)... today I had the honor of shaking the hand and talking briefly with the greatest NFL running back of all time…JIM BROWN. I was lucky enough to sit next to him on our flight back from Jacksonville after last Sunday’s game. It was quite a thrill meeting one of my childhood heroes.

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Oct 25, 2014 23:40:55   #
just care
 
Ditto. I was just a bit too young to see him play live, I was a Walter payton fan myself but congrats on the experience. What an honor

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Oct 25, 2014 23:51:13   #
missinglink Loc: Tralfamadore
 
His sweetness. Brown had more power. Payton had the speed and the moves. Both were simply outstanding. I'm torn.

just care wrote:
Ditto. I was just a bit too young to see him play live, I was a Walter payton fan myself but congrats on the experience. What an honor

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Oct 26, 2014 00:25:54   #
AuntiE Loc: 46th Least Free State
 
mwdegutis wrote:
To all my OPP friends who may or may not be Cleveland Browns fans (I'll forgive you AuntiE for being a Ravens fan)... today I had the honor of shaking the hand and talking briefly with the greatest NFL running back of all time…JIM BROWN. I was lucky enough to sit next to him on our flight back from Jacksonville after last Sunday’s game. It was quite a thrill meeting one of my childhood heroes.


I had a similar experience once. We are Boston Celtics fans. It was still a great honor for us to be seated at the same table with Wes Unseld some years ago.

Would it not be nice to have more pro athletes who had the same type of dignity as some of our previous well known athletes?

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Oct 26, 2014 01:06:53   #
jimahrens Loc: California
 
Yes he was one of the greats.
mwdegutis wrote:
To all my OPP friends who may or may not be Cleveland Browns fans (I'll forgive you AuntiE for being a Ravens fan)... today I had the honor of shaking the hand and talking briefly with the greatest NFL running back of all time…JIM BROWN. I was lucky enough to sit next to him on our flight back from Jacksonville after last Sunday’s game. It was quite a thrill meeting one of my childhood heroes.

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Oct 26, 2014 07:39:02   #
mwdegutis Loc: Illinois
 
just care wrote:
Ditto. I was just a bit too young to see him play live, I was a Walter payton fan myself but congrats on the experience. What an honor


I used to love watching Walter play. He looked good even when he lost yards.

One anecdote about Jim Brown that I'm fond of is that after a particularly tough run he would slowly get up and limp back to the huddle like he was hurt. While in the huddle, he would tell the quarterback to give him the ball and he would proceed to make a big gain. Meeting him brought back some great childhood memories of growing up in Cleveland, playing football in our neighborhood, and pretending to be Jim Brown.

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Oct 26, 2014 09:50:03   #
jimahrens Loc: California
 
I often look back at those days . Free of worry and stress. Now I worry more than ever for my kids and my 11 Grand-kids. Surely God has a plan .
mwdegutis wrote:
I used to love watching Walter play. He looked good even when he lost yards.

One anecdote about Jim Brown that I'm fond of is that after a particularly tough run he would slowly get up and limp back to the huddle like he was hurt. While in the huddle, he would tell the quarterback to give him the ball and he would proceed to make a big gain. Meeting him brought back some great childhood memories of growing up in Cleveland, playing football in our neighborhood, and pretending to be Jim Brown.
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Nov 9, 2014 09:48:55   #
rich boise Loc: Idaho
 
I too was a Jim Brown fan. He was one of the toughest guys to tackle ever. He would often get caught at the line of scrimmage and drag 2 or guys for 4 or 5 yards. A true old fashioned power fullback.

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Nov 10, 2014 21:24:53   #
alabuck Loc: Tennessee
 
mwdegutis wrote:
To all my OPP friends who may or may not be Cleveland Browns fans (I'll forgive you AuntiE for being a Ravens fan)... today I had the honor of shaking the hand and talking briefly with the greatest NFL running back of all time…JIM BROWN. I was lucky enough to sit next to him on our flight back from Jacksonville after last Sunday’s game. It was quite a thrill meeting one of my childhood heroes.

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Being a Buckeye by birth, as a kid, my favorite pro football team was the Browns. I remember watching Jim Brown drag anyone, from defensive linemen, to linebackers, to safeties, several yards before being tackled to the ground. I also remember him faking linebackers and defensive backs out of their jockstraps as he ran the ball down the middle of the field. I, too, believe him to be the greatest professional football player of all time. I'm envious of your being able to spend time, talking to him while on the flight. :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

Sorry, AuntieE, but on Ray Lewis' "best day," I think Jim Brown could run up Ray Lewis' chest, dance on his head for 5 minutes, run down his backside and score a touchdown; all before Lewis would know that J.B. was even on the field. That's just how good Jim Brown was. 8-) :thumbup:

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