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Fame to InfamyRace, Sport, and the Fall from Grace$
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David C. Ogden and Joel Nathan Rosen

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781604737516

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604737516.001.0001

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Jim Brown

Jim Brown

The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of a Cultural Icon

(p.170) Jim Brown
Fame to Infamy

Roberta J. Newman

University Press of Mississippi

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

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