Many people argue that former Cleveland Brown Jim Brown was the greatest running back ever to play in the NFL. It is difficult to compare players from one era to another because of the difference in competition, game conditions, and training methods. How much better would a player from 2008 be in 1955? How much better would a player from 1955 be if they had all the advanced nutritional and training methods of players in 2008. Jim Brown played nine seasons in the NFL, leading the league in rushing attempts six times, rushing yards eight times, rushing touchdowns five times, rushing yards per game eight times, and rushing and receiving touchdowns combined five times. One way to get a gauge on how good Jim Brown was is to look and see how he did during his final season in the NFL
In Brown's final NFL season, 1965, his ninth overall in the National Football League, he was able to play in every game of the fourteen game season. He had done this in every season that he was a running back in the NFL. He also was the NFL league leader in rushing attempts with 289, rushing yards with 1,544, rushing touchdowns with 17, rushing yards per game with 110.3, longest touchdown run at 67 yards, total yards from scrimmage with 1,872, and rushing and receiving touchdowns combined with 21.
It is clear that Jim Brown was still on top of his game at the time of his retirement, he simply had nothing left to prove.
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