He was as close to perfection as anyone could ever be in sports. His name alone can surmise reverence, awe, and fear. Jim Brown is, and likely will forever be, the greatest running back in NFL history.
His body seemed to be carved by Zeus himself. This list has seen a plethora of great players who all possess great attributes. There is the power of Earl Campbell, the speed and acceleration of OJ Simpson, the burst and lightning quickness of Gale Sayers, and the almost superhuman moves of Barry Sanders.
Brown was a combination of all these men. Power, speed, agility, vision, any measurable and immeasurable standard you can come up with, Brown is at or near the top for all of them. That almost emotionless way he played, looking hurt and beaten after ever snap, was simply a mask for the drive within.
In his legendary nine year career, he obtained an almost god like status among fans, players, and coaches. Nine times a Pro Bowler, and nine times named to the All-Pro team, he would accumulate 12,312 career rushing yards in his career to go along with a 5.2 yards per carry average.
That folks is more than half a first down, every time he carried to football. The MVP three times (1957, 1958, 1965), he would dominate his position better than any other player before or since.
His stunning retirement after the 1965 season to pursue acting and community service was unfortunate for football fans.
But what he left in his time can never, and will never be forgotten. Jim Brown, the greatest running back in NFL history.