Jim Brown to Serve as Special Advisor for Hue Jackson, Browns

Joe PantornoFeatured ColumnistFebruary 16, 2016

Former Cleveland Browns and hall of fame running back Jim Brown, left, sits with owner Jimmy Haslam on the sideline at Heinz Field before an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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New Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson has quite a task laid before him in turning around the franchise. After eight losing seasons and five different head coaches for Cleveland, Jackson will rely on some Hall of Fame help in Jim Brown, who has been a special advisor with the team since 2013, per a Tuesday report by Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com. 

Jackson spoke with Cabot about his future with Brown:

I'm looking forward to finding out as many things as Jim Brown knows that can help our football team be the best that it can be. We're talking about a guy that did it as well as anybody ever, so it would be really smart on my part to sit and talk to him and have him tell me the things that he sees and that he's felt.

Brown was a part of Cleveland's last championship-winning team in 1964. He retired as the NFL's leading rusher with 12,312 yards and put together seven 1,000-yard rushing seasons. 

Since Brown's retirement in 1965, Cleveland has had just 17 winning seasons and 16 years in which a single rusher recorded 1,000 yards or more. 

"I think I'll get to know him even better as I go through this process of being the head coach in Cleveland,'' Jackson said. "Obviously he's a sensational person, humanitarian, and football player. There are so many things to describe to Jim Brown.''

As Jackson prepares for his first year at the helm, one of the largest issues facing the Browns this offseason is what to do with Johnny Manziel

The young quarterback has been making headlines for all the wrong reasons throughout his time in the league and recently was put under investigation by the Dallas Police Department in regard to a complaint for an alleged domestic violence assault.   

Brown, who supported Manziel toward the end of January, could be a part of the team's decision along with management and Jackson on the quarterback's future. 


Stats courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.com.