Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Jim Brown, the greatest lacrosse player of all time

A lot of people are aware that Jim Brown was a stellar fullback for the Cleveland Browns who racked up 12,312 career rushing yards between the years 1957 and 1965. He was an anomaly in his time, standing head-and-shoulders far above his peers in terms of power and speed. Defensive players from that era have pointed out time and again that when you tackled Jim Brown, he hurt you a lot more than you hurt him.

What a lot of people may not know is that in his time at Syracuse University, in addition to being a football standout, he was also an All-American lacrosse star… In fact, he is widely regarded as the greatest lacrosse player of all time.

My friend and co-worker Harvey suggests to me that it was a shame that the guys on the Duke lacrosse team never encountered Jim Brown on their schedule. You know, it’s a hard point to to argue with, so this one’s for you Harvey.

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