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Jim Brown

Henry Koerner, 1915 - 1991
James Nathaniel Brown, born 17 Feb 1936
Oil on canvas
Stretcher: 45.7 x 32.4 x 2.5cm (18 x 12 3/4 x 1")
Frame: 56.5 x 43.2 x 5.1cm (22 1/4 x 17 x 2")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Time magazine
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© Henry Koerner
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It is little wonder that Cleveland Browns star fullback Jim Brown was sometimes likened to Superman. During his pro football career (1957-65), Brown's strength, speed, and agility made him all but unstoppable as he powered his way over, around, or through his opponents' defenses. As one lineman noted ruefully, the only way to tackle Brown was "to hold on and wait for help." Brown's versatility also made him a constant threat. Besides exceeding the 1,000-yards-rushing mark for seven out of nine seasons and ultimately scoring more than 100 rushing touchdowns, Brown caught passes, returned kickoffs, and even threw the ball for an occasional touchdown. Although his NFL game, season, and career rushing records have now been surpassed, experts continue to rank Brown as one of the greatest ball carriers of all time.
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National Portrait Gallery
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NPG, South Gallery 341 Mezzanine