For decades, Jim Brown has served sportswriters as a kind of shorthand for the type of activist an athlete should be. Just yesterday, Brown was upheld as an inspiration in William C. Rhoden’s farewell column in the The New York Times; name-dropped for helping receiver Josh Gordon return from his indefinite suspension…
Originally published in the December 1986 edition of Sport magazine, as part of a special 40th anniversary issue devoted to "The 40 Who Changed Sports." This story is a good analytical companion to Pete Dexter's insane 1981 profile of Brown, reprinted here last week .
Over at The Stacks, we've reprinted Pete Dexter's 1981 profile of Jim Brown, written 15 years after the legendary running back retired. Much of the profile is concerned with Brown's romantic and personal relationships, including those that earned him a reputation as an abuser of women.
Originally published in the Sept. 30, 1981, edition of Inside Sports. Reprinted here with the author's permission. Photos by Barbra Walz.
While speaking to a group of fans at a Pro Football Hall of Fame fan fest, Jim Brown was asked about the NCAA and he didn't hold anything back. He said "[t]he NCAA is probably the most reprehensible organization God ever created." Putting aside the creationism for a second, these are strong words.
Okay, not the sports teams, but the more accurately described group — our soldiers — are being accused of buying fake memorabilia in Korea and reselling them.