Reactions to the death of Jim Brown, former NFL star, actor and activist:
“To the world, he was an activist, actor, and football star. To our family, he was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. Our hearts are broken.” – Brown’s wife, Monique Brown, on Instagram.
“Jim Brown is a true icon of not just the Cleveland Browns but the entire NFL. He was certainly the greatest to ever put on a Browns uniform and arguably one of the greatest players in NFL history. Jim was one of the reasons the Browns have such a tremendous fan base today. So many people grew up watching him just dominate every time he stepped onto the football field but his countless accolades on the field only tell a small part of his story. His commitment to making a positive impact for all of humanity off the field is what he should also be known for.” – Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam.
PHOTOS: Reactions to the death of Jim Brown, NFL star, social activist and actor
“Jim Brown was a gifted athlete – one of the most dominant players to ever step on any athletic field – but also a cultural figure who helped promote change. During his nine-year NFL career, which coincided with the civil rights movement here at home, he became a forerunner and role model for athletes being involved in social initiatives outside their sport.” – NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
“I’ve said many times, and I will always say, Jim Brown is the best, and he will still be the best long after all his records are broken.” – Hall of Fame running back Gale Sayers.
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