Jim Brown Powers Through Cowboys
The distance of this Jim Brown run – just seven yards – was nothing extraordinary, but its ballet-like exhibition of athleticism and balance showed why many consider him the greatest running back ever. On October 17, 1965, in front of over 80,000 fans at Cleveland Municipal Stadium, the defending champion Browns were leading the Cowboys 17-10 in the third quarter and had the ball at the Dallas 17. On a second down and 10, the 29-year-old Brown took a handoff and surged up the middle. He broke one tackle, spun 360 degrees around a second would-be tackler, and lost his footing but regained it. Near the right sideline, he broke a third tackle before getting completely surrounded by Cowboys and forced down. The Browns would win the game 23-17 and later advance to the NFL championship, where they fell to the Packers. Brown, whose 1,544 rushing yards led the league for the eighth time in nine years, retired after the season.