Jim Brown captured three Most Valuable Player awards in his unprecedented career. He was also an eight-time NFL rushing champion in his nine seasons.

He was the league’s top rusher and its MVP in 1965.
Brown shocked the world by retiring. Some observers say he walked away from the game prematurely. He doesn’t agree.
“I give myself a pat on the back for being able to leave on time” Brown said Thursday on Jim Brown Day at FirstEnergy Stadium.
“You never want to stay around too long. When I left I left to go do the ‘Dirty Dozen.’ I had a three-picture deal. I was a movie star.”

When Brown retired he was the NFL record holder in rushing yards in a season (1863 in 1963) and a career (12312 yards in nine seasons). He was also the all-time leader in rushing touchdowns (106) total touchdowns (126) and all-purpose yards (15549).
He gained 5.2 yards every time he touched the ball.

“If you leave on top your legacy is intact” Brown said. “It’s beautiful to know that you left when you were the Most Valuable Player in the league. (They) can’t take that away.

“So when they come talk to me about who is doing well it’s all right because I know that in my last year I was voted MVP and that’s the legacy that I enjoy.”

Brown 77 was the No. 6 overall pick in the 1956 draft out of Syracuse.

“Believe me greatness will always shine” he said.
This is the second time the Browns wanted to honor Brown. He begged off a few years ago after feuding with then-Browns president Mike Holmgren.