Although Jim Brown has only had a nine-year NFL career with fewer games per season than today, he still has numerous NFL records to his name, making him arguably the greatest American football player of all time. The 1964 NFL championship winner, who received Pro Bowl selections every season he played and was named MVP three times, played his entire career for the Cleveland Browns.
Who Is Jim Brown? – Biography
Jim Brown was born as James Nathaniel Brown to Swinton and Theresa Brown on February 17, 1936, in St. Simon’s Island, Georgia. His father Swinton was a professional boxer, while his mother Theresa was a housewife, although she later moved to New York to work as a maid and raised her child with his grandmother.
Brown eventually moved to New York to stay with his mother and attended Manhasset Secondary School, where his father’s athletic genes were brought to full fruition when he joined Manhasset’s soccer, lacrosse, baseball, basketball, and athletics teams. After graduating high school with 13 sports letters, Brown accepted a scholarship to Syracuse University in 1953.
In Syracuse, Jim Brown continued to play several sports rather than focus on one. In soccer, he set the school’s record for the most touchdowns in a single game, 6, and also the highest season-attraction average of 6.2. He then earned the Consensus Honor of First Team All-American All-American and finished fifth in the Heisman Trophy competition in his senior year. As part of the lacrosse team, he was honored with the second All-American selection in his junior year and the first All-American selection in his senior year. In basketball, Brown was the second best scorer on his team in his sophomore year, as he also received a letter for his participation in the track and field team this year.
After four years in Syracuse, Jim Brown was chosen by the Cleveland Browns to be the sixth overall winner in the 1957 NFL Draft. In his rookie season, Brown set an NFL single-game record for rushes in one game, scoring 237 yards against the Los Angeles Rams. This record lasted 14 years before it was broken, and 40 years in total before it was set by another rookie. He then ended his rookie season as runner-up in the NFL championship, as he was also named NFL Rookie of the Year.
After that season, Brown continued to break and set numerous NFL and franchise records, but it was seven more years before he was able to compete in another NFL championship game. In 1964, Jim Brown won his only NFL championship for the second time, when he asked for the second time. The following year, he returned to the championship game, but only finished second. After that game, he retired from the NFL to pursue a career as an actor first and then as a sports analyst.
Jim Brown’s Family – Wife, Children
Jim Brown is currently married in a second marriage. His first marriage was to Sue Brown (née Jones) in 1959. Not much is known about how the couple met, but their marriage was affected by numerous extramarital affairs and domestic violence by Brown, who was then at the top of his game. Some of the most notable affairs were his relationships with an 18-year-old girl named Brenda Ayres in 1965 and the model Eva Bohn-Chin in 1968. Sue and Jim completed their divorce proceedings in 1972.
Brown returned to the dating pool and remained there for nearly three decades before deciding to settle down again at the age of 60 with Monique Brown (née Gunthrop), who herself was in her early 20s. The couple married in 1997 and have been together ever since, despite further accusations of fraud and violence by Brown. Two years after the exchange of vows, Brown served a six-month prison sentence for refusing to participate in court-ordered counseling and community service after he accused Monique of giving her a black eye and threatening to break her neck while simultaneously smashing her car with a shovel for accusing him of fraud.
It is reported that Jim Brown has about seven children, although some reports suggest that the true number may be more than that. Brown had three children from his first marriage; twins Kim and Kevin and then James Jr. With his current wife he had two; Aris and Morgan. The other children came from other relationships, although he denied paternity to some of the children. These are Kimberly from his relationship with Kim Jones, Shellee from his relationship with Brenda Ayres, and Karen Brown Ward, whose name was withheld from the mother.
Not much is known about most of his other children, but Brown’s youngest son, Aris, seems to have inherited his father’s athletic abilities. He is said to be a very talented lacrosse player, a game in which his father is also a Hall of Famer.