It’s hard to believe that a franchise wouldn’t see value in keeping its best player involved in the organization, but that was the case with the Cleveland Browns and Jim Brown.
For years, Brown hasn’t had a whole lot to do with the franchise that gave him the platform to become a household name. The hall-of-famer reportedly didn’t have a good relationship with former owner Randy Lerner. But with the changing of the guard in Cleveland, new owner Jimmy Haslam saw an opportunity to make things right with the legendary running back.
On Wednesday it was announced that Brown would rejoin the Cleveland Browns as a special advisor. At 77 years of age, Brown’s role figures to be somewhat limited, but it’s certainly better than the way it was.
Brown had a couple of comments, saying ‘player engagement is where you’ll see me most of the time,’ and that ‘everybody that thought I had no value is gone.’
This is a win-win situation. Why not bring a guy like Jim Brown back if you’re Cleveland? He’s widely considered one of the best to ever step on the gridiron, and even if he just acts as a figure head, it’s a heck of a lot better than nothing. That won’t be the case with Brown, though, as he clearly wants to make an impact on this team. I’m confident that he will, because it’s just tough to imagine players not listening to him.
Yeah, maybe Brown isn’t going to bring a lot to the table in terms of X’s and O’s, but that’s not the point. The point is that the franchise finally made things right with their best player, and why it took this long to get done, I’ll never understand. You just have to give kudos to the new suits, for seeing value the previous suits just couldn’t.
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