Jim Brown quotes

  • I'm not interested in trying to work on people's perceptions. I am who I am, and if you don't take the time to learn about that, then your perception is going to be your problem.
    -- Jim Brown

    #Who I Am #People #Perception

  • Money has changed today's black athletes. Those who have the ability as African men to bring a change in a community that so desperately needs it are concentrating only on their own careers, some charities and how much money they can make.
    -- Jim Brown

    #Athlete #Men #Careers

  • I could run 200 yards at a stretch, I could duck between players, I felt free to make plays that suited me best. It wasn't like football then and basketball today, where coaches tell you what foot to put down.
    -- Jim Brown

    #Basketball #Football #Running

  • I don't teach kids to be number 1. Organizations and people that tell you you have to be number 1; that's not it. You don't have to be number 1. What I teach is to be as good as you can be. Use what you have and be as good as you can be. That's all you can do, anyway.
    -- Jim Brown

    #Football #Kids #Numbers

  • Teammates are there for each other even after the noise of the crowd is gone.
    -- Jim Brown

    #Teamwork #Gone #Crowds

  • I'm a very sensitive person. I do like to be respected. I'm very loyal. I like it to be a two-way street.
    -- Jim Brown

    #Two #Loyal #Way

  • Lacrosse is probably the best sport I ever played.
    -- Jim Brown

    #Sports #Lacrosse #Best Sports

  • There was no publicity. You had to like it. There was no pressure, just great competition. The attitude of the coaches and players was exceptional.
    -- Jim Brown

    #Attitude #Player #Lacrosse

  • If you truly believe something, and it's incorrect, that doesn't mean you don't have integrity.
    -- Jim Brown

    #Football #Integrity #Believe

  • When you need a friend, you can always count on your teammates.
    -- Jim Brown

    #Athlete #Needs #Teammate

  • I came from Long Island, so I had a lot of experience at the stick. I played in junior high school, then I played in high school. The technical aspect of the game was my forte. I had all that experience, then I had strength and I was in good condition.
    -- Jim Brown

    #School #Islands #Games

  • Make sure when anyone tackles you he remembers how much it hurts.
    -- Jim Brown

    #Football #Hurt #Remember

  • The social issues outside of football are not as defined as they were earlier, when integration took place and certain rights were legislated. The Civil Rights movement is over. Individuals can buy homes wherever they want, travel first class wherever they want, eat wherever they want.
    -- Jim Brown

    #Football #Home #Rights

  • When I'm on a picture, I have two bosses - the director and the producer. My co-star is not my boss.
    -- Jim Brown

    #Stars #Two #Boss

  • I have a theory. An audience doesn't need to get wrapped up in blackness every time they see a Negro actor. And a movie doesn't have to be about race just because there's a Negro in it.
    -- Jim Brown

    #Race #Needs #Actors

  • Tank's a fantastic human being, as far as fighting's concerned.
    -- Jim Brown

    #Fighting #Tanks #Fantastic

  • Even though the money is great and the fame is great, you still have a lot of disenfranchised young men that are participating in the NFL that are not very happy. A lot of them are very bitter. A lot them are very angry. So many of them have had no fathers and no home life, and basically, no education.
    -- Jim Brown

    #Father #Home #Men

  • The need to be cared for is the base of everything. In the penitentiaries, you won't hear gangbangers and criminals say, 'No, I don't want to be cared for by nobody.' When you care about them, they'll open up to you.
    -- Jim Brown

    #Criminals #Needs #Care

  • I was just a big guy running down with a big, deep pocket and little short stick putting it against my chest.
    -- Jim Brown

    #Running #Guy #Lacrosse

  • I could fully express myself in lacrosse.
    -- Jim Brown

    #Lacrosse

  • A liberal will cut off your leg so he can hand you a crutch.
    -- Jim Brown

    #Cutting #Hands #Legs

  • People think that coaches are always right, but it's difficult to teach a runner how to run, because every runner is different. You have to have an understanding of how to assist what that runner has, so they know how to assist what you have without taking away your special ability, because you're not like anybody else.
    -- Jim Brown

    #Running #Thinking #People

  • ...you could be the best team or the best player in different generations and people respect each other. Nobody cares who was the best.
    -- Jim Brown

    #Team #Player #People

  • I set my standards so high, no one could be harsher on me than I was.
    -- Jim Brown

    #Competition #Standards

  • You can't get old without living.
    -- Jim Brown

    #Strength #Simplicity #Self Reliance

  • There were a lot of running backs as good as me. The real difference was that I could focus. I never laid back and relied on natural ability.
    -- Jim Brown

    #Running #Real #Differences

  • I'd rather play lacrosse six days a week and football on the seventh.
    -- Jim Brown

    #Football #Play #Lacrosse

  • I think the National Football League needs a new union. The heavyweights of this union are not heavyweights enough.
    -- Jim Brown

    #Football #Thinking #League

  • When you have a problem, rules don't solve your problem. It's caring and education.
    -- Jim Brown

    #Football #Caring #Problem

  • Act your age. Students do not look upon you as a buddy, pal, or peer. They expect you to be a mature adult....Many young teachers have a tendency to seek popularity, resorting to tactics that can create endless problems.
    -- Jim Brown

    #Teacher #Teaching #Age

  • I had a choice to be lazy or lean - if I hadn't changed, thing probably would catch up with me.
    -- Jim Brown

    #Football #Choices #Lazy

  • I loved the game. We played because we loved it.
    -- Jim Brown

    #Football #Games #Best Football

  • The NCAA is probably the most reprehensible organization God ever created,
    -- Jim Brown

    #Organization #Ncaa

  • Nobody I ever broke bread with, and I see players all the time, talked about using their head running the football.
    -- Jim Brown

    #Football #Running #Player

  • The bikes have been sitting around, but now were getting them out and using them.
    -- Jim Brown

    #Sitting #Bike

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