Clemson players don’t know NFL hall of famer Jim Brown

Jim Brown
FILE - In this May 29, 2013, file photo, Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown attends a Cleveland Browns news conference naming him a special adviser to the NFL football team in Cleveland. Brown and his championship ring will be reunited nearly half a century after it was stolen from his home. "I feel great," Brown said Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015, as he left Manhattan federal court after settling a lawsuit he brought against a memorabilia dealer. (AP Photo/David Richard, File)

CLEMSON, S.C. – Clemson coach Dabo Swinney waited all season for Syracuse week so he could name Tigers long snapper Jim Brown (Walterboro native and Pinewood Prep alum) a captain and pay homage to the great Orange and Pro Football Hall of Fame runner of the same name.

And when he told the team Monday, all Swinney got were blank stares.

Swinney says it was ”sad beyond explanation” that the Tigers didn’t recognize the former Syracuse great. Brown was an All-American at Syracuse and played nine seasons in the NFL, leaving as pro football’s all-time rushing leading.

Swinney believed his team would enjoy the symmetry of Clemson’s Brown as a team captain on Saturday. Instead, Swinney gave an impromptu history lesson on Syracuse’s Brown.

The No. 1 Tigers (9-0, 6-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) play Syracuse (3-6, 1-4) on Saturday.

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