Was Jim Brown the greatest Cleveland Browns player of all time? The short answer is yes. As a lifelong Browns fan I haven’t often been told by fellow fans that he is the best running back of all time. His combination of size, speed and agility is something that is almost never seen. Even with today’s advanced athletes with their scientific training and improved diets.
Jim Brown had a short but extremely successful NFL career. He played nine season from 1957 -1965 all with the Cleveland Browns. In that time he set franchise records for rushing yards in a season. That franchise record still stands today and is the oldest franchise record in the league for rushing yards in season. He also averaged a staggering 5.2 yards per carry for entire career which is one of the best marks of all time.
His staggering statistics before he retired early to pursue an acting career are one reason that he is the best Browns player of all time. The other reason he is the best Browns player of all time is he is that last player on the Browns to lead the team while they won a championship. The Cleveland Browns were maybe the most successful team in the league during the course of the time he was on the team and they haven’t won an NFL championship since.