CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Browns have unveiled a statue of Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown 51 years after he retired.
One of the greatest players in NFL history, Brown has been immortalized with a sculpture outside the team’s stadium. Brown retired at the peak of his career following the 1965 season to pursue an acting career. When he stepped away from the game at age 29, Brown was the leading rusher in league history with 12,312 yards.
The 80-year-old Brown called the honor “one of the greatest moments of my life.”
A three-time MVP, Brown led the league in rushing in eight of his nine seasons and scoring five times.
Brown was once distanced from the Browns, but owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam brought him back to the team as a special adviser.