Jim Brown Breaks Off A 77 Yard TD Catch
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.