Jim Brown Breaks Off A 77 Yard TD Catch
Jim Brown Breaks Off A 77 Yard TD Catch
December 10, 1961

Jim Brown Breaks Off A 77 Yard TD Catch

"Can anybody catch Jim?" - Steve Harvey
Steve Harvey
by Steve Harvey

Wrigley Field is today famous as the home of baseball’s Chicago Cubs, but on a cold Sunday in December 1961 it was the stage for one of Jim Brown’s finest plays. Facing a Chicago Bears team coached by George Halas, the Browns’ Hall of Fame fullback took a short pass from QB Milt Plum in the first quarter and turned it into a 77-yard gem: from deep in Browns territory, the 25-year-old Brown immediately broke a tackle at the Chicago 13, another one at the 20, and then – with a rapid and elegant change of direction – evaded a third attempted tackle a couple yards later. Then he vanished through a crowd of players and took off down the left sideline, using his breakaway speed to easily outrun the Bears defense. The Bears eventually won the game 17-14, but Brown’s season was among his best: he totaled 1,867 scrimmage yards.

Steve Harvey
Steve Harvey is a comedian and TV host who has won several Daytime Emmy Awards. He hosts the TV shows Family Feud and Showtime at the Apollo, and a nationally-syndicated radio program, The Steve Harvey Morning Show. Raised in Cleveland, Harvey is a huge Browns fan. Among his proclaimed New Years resolutions in 2018 was that his “beloved Browns…lead one game for at least three quarters, and get a quarterback” – both of which came true. Harvey hosted the 2019 NFL Honors awards presentation in Atlanta.
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Welch, WV
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Cleveland Browns