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Browns' History at No. 6: Jim Brown

Posted Apr 23, 2013

In the 1957 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns selected Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Brown, from Syracuse University, with the No. 6 pick.

The Cleveland Browns hold the sixth pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, which starts Thursday, with live coverage on NFL Network and ESPN at 8 p.m. EST.

In their history, the Cleveland Browns have twice made the No. 6 overall pick in the draft, and the first netted them an eventual Pro Football Hall of Famer in running back Jim Brown, from Syracuse University.

After the Green Bay Packers (halfback Paul Hornung, and end Ron Kramer), Los Angeles Rams (halfback Jon Arnett), San Francisco 49ers (quarterback John Brodie), and Pittsburgh Steelers (quarterback Len Dawson) made their picks, the Browns selected Brown. Each one of the top six picks earned multiple Pro Bowl berths, and Brown, Dawson, and Hornung are enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton.

Brown spent all nine seasons of his NFL career with the Browns and rushed for 12,312 yards and 106 touchdowns on 2,359 carries. He added 2,499 yards and 20 touchdowns on 262 career receptions.

Brown rushed for 1,000 or more yards in seven of his seasons, has the six best rushing seasons in franchise history, has a Browns record for the most combined yards from scrimmage (15,459), and his 126 points scored in 1965 ranks as the highest total in Browns history.

Brown, a nine-time Pro Bowler, still holds Browns records for the most total touchdowns in a career (126), total touchdowns in a season (21 in 1965), consecutive games with a touchdown (10 in 1965), rushing attempts, rushing yards and rushing touchdowns in a career, rushing yards in a season (1,863 in 1963), most 100-yard games in a career (58), season (nine) and consecutively (six in 1958). He also set a record with five rushing touchdowns in a game against the Baltimore Colts on Nov. 1, 1959. His 5.22 yards-per-rush average over his career and 6.40 average in 1963 rank as the best in team history.

Brown and offensive tackle/kicker Lou Groza are co-holders of the record for the most Pro Bowl appearances in Browns history. Brown was an eight-time All-NFL selection in his career, eight by United Press International and the Associated Press, and four times by the Newspaper Enterprise Association.