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    Gifted by Brown to general manager of Cleveland radio station!

    1962-65 Jim Brown Game Worn Cleveland Browns Jersey, MEARS A10. "Make sure when anyone tackles you he remembers how much it hurts," Brown once advised fellow Syracuse alumnus John Mackey. The legendary running back might not have been the most elusive rusher who ever suited up in the NFL, but he was famous for being the toughest to bring to the ground, his bone-rattling style averaging an outrageous 5.2 yards per carry. He claimed the NFL rushing title all but one of his nine seasons in the League, and his 1,863 rushing yards in 1963 remains a Cleveland Browns franchise record, the oldest franchise rushing record of all thirty-two teams. He likewise remains the only NFL rusher in history to average over one hundred yards per game for a career.

    It was Brown who all but single-handedly supplied the sports fans of Cleveland the final World Championship its populace would enjoy until LeBron James ended the five-decade drought in a champagne celebration following Game Seven of the 2016 NBA Finals. This is the precise style that Brown wore during the final four seasons of his Hall of Fame career, inclusive of that glorious 1964 NFL Championship campaign.

    The few Brown representations that have surfaced in the collecting hobby have tended to display minimal game wear, but this offering is a welcome exception to the rule, instead offering concrete evidence of the legend's hard-nosed rushing methodology. The experts at MEARS characterize evident use as "Heavy," and we can see some abrasions on the white tackle twill that announces the now-retired number "32" on chest, back and shoulders. The lightweight fabric reveals a couple small holes from contact at upper right chest but has otherwise held together well. The MEARS paperwork notes that the hobby terminology of "tear-away fabric" is actually a misnomer, as the material is actually remarkably durable, manufactured with great elasticity to hold tight to the body and pads and elude the grip of opposing tacklers. Tagging appears inside the buttoned crotchpiece, a proper "King O'Shea" size "48."

    The garment is consigned by the daughter of the general manager of the Cleveland radio station that broadcasted Browns games during the era. She attests that Brown himself gifted the jersey to her father during a visit to the station. LOA from MEARS, A10. Letter of provenance from daughter of Cleveland radio station general manager. LOA from Heritage Auctions.





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