THE JIMMY BROWN STORY by

THE JIMMY BROWN STORY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Jimmy Brown, of the Cleveland Browns pro-football team, is unquestionably ated to be one of the outstanding players of all time. The initial stages of this port biography are marred by the dialogue supplied and the ""thoughts"" attributed to the subject. As soon as the underprivileged boyhood years are past, the authors do an adequate job of tracing a rising football career. It started in high school and flowered at Syracuse University, which was not particularly kind to the quiet Negro whose grades and games adequately rapid his full athletic scholarship. Innate dignity and determination won him a measure of acceptance and his performance on the field won him a hero's status before he graduated. Chosen by the Cleveland Browns in 1957, ""the one man scoring machine"" literally never looked back. His life on a pro team is not glamorized--the injuries, the money drive, the players sick to their stomachs with pre-game tension are all here. For 5 years, Brown put up with the old-fashioned, bench-directed plays favored by the team's coach and then led the successful player revolt against it. Between seasons, he established a family and a future in business. The authors point out the economics of professional football and how fast the gravy train can stop. A better than average biography of an admirable man.

Pub Date: Sept. 21st, 1964
Publisher: Messner