The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of a Cultural Icon
This chapter presents the story of James Nathaniel “Jim” Brown, considered as one of the greatest fullbacks in the history of football. The decline of his public image can be traced back to his 1964 autobiography, Off My Chest, where he shared his views about the issue of race in America. From then on he was no longer just Jimmy Brown, the player who helped elevate the NFL into mainstream American consciousness. Rather, he took the first steps toward becoming Jim Brown, angry black man.
Keywords: athletes, sports figures, football players, fullback, race, black man