This is Part Five of a Five Part Series in which Butch Stearns Tackles the Task of Determining the Greatest Athletes of All-Time in the Four Major Sports: Basketball, Baseball, Hockey and Football. Butch Stearns is the C.O.O. of The Pulse Network, and the Host of Sports Buzz on The Pulse Network.
The debate of the best NFL players of all-time is perhaps the most difficult to frame. How do you judge the statistical achievements of a linebacker or cornerback against those of a quarterback or wide receiver?
The being said, the statistics of Jim Brown simply cannot be ignored. Despite playing in the league for just 118 games, Jim Brown put up amazing numbers. Over his nine year career, he averaged 104.3 yards per game and 5.2 yards per carry. To use a modern player as a frame of reference for Brown’s greatness, LaDainian Tomlinson has averaged 85.9 yards per game and 4.3 yards per carry in his 10 year career.
Jim Brown dominated unlike any other. And forget football. Brown is widely considered one of the greatest all-around athletes the U.S. has ever produced.
Jim Brown. Michael Jordan. Gordie Howe. Babe Ruth. The greatest players in each of their respective sports. Miss any of this series? Check it all out here.
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