Goodell on Brown: ‘He inspired fellow athletes to make a difference’

On Friday, the NFL lost one of its greatest players of all time as the league mourned the loss of former NFL running back Jim Brown.

Brown was 87.

“On behalf of the entire NFL family, we extend our condolences to Monique and their family,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in a statement,” Jim Brown was a gifted athlete — one of the most dominant players to ever step on any athletic field — but also a cultural figure who helped promote change.

“During his nine-year NFL career, which coincided with the civil rights movement here at home, he became a forerunner and role model for athletes being involved in social initiatives outside their sport. He inspired fellow athletes to make a difference, especially in the communities in which they lived.”

Brown, who played all nine seasons with the Browns, was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971 and was named to the NFL’s 100th anniversary all-time team in 2019. He was also an actor, civil rights activist, and a very active man in his community. Like all men, Brown had flaws, but that does not take away from his greatness. 

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