James Brown is a former American football player, sports analyst and actor. He is considered to be one of the greatest running backs of all time. He is currently one of the four figures that appear in the new film “One Night in Miami” which explores his friendship with Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali and Sam Cooke. His full name is James Nathaniel Brown He was born on February 17, 1936 He is a former American football player, sports analyst and actor He was a fullback for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL) from 1957 through 1965 Brown was considered to be one of the greatest running backs of all time As well as one of the greatest players in NFL history Brown was a Pro Bowl invitee every season he was in the league He was recognized as the AP NFL Most Valuable Player three times He won an NFL championship with the Browns in 1964 He led the league in rushing yards in eight out of his nine seasons By the time he retired, he had shattered most major rushing records In 2002, he was named by The Sporting News as the greatest professional football player ever Brown earned unanimous All-America honors playing college football at Syracuse University There he was an all-around player for the Syracuse Orangemen football team He also excelled in basketball, track and field, and lacrosse The football team later retired his number 44 jersey He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1995 In his professional career, Brown carried the ball 2,359 times for 12,312 rushing yards and 106 touchdowns These were all records when he retired He averaged 104.3 rushing yards per game Brown is the only player in NFL history to average over 100 rushing yards per game for his career His 5.2 yards per rush is second-best among running backs Brown was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971 He was named to the NFL 50th Anniversary All-Time Team, the NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team, and the NFL 100th Anniversary All-Time Team, comprising the best players in NFL history Brown was honored at the 2020 College Football Playoff National Championship as the greatest college football player of all time His number 32 jersey is retired by the Browns Shortly before the end of his football career, Brown became an actor He had several leading roles throughout the 1970s Brown was born in St. Simons Island, Georgia, to Swinton Brown, a professional boxer, and his wife, Theresa, a homemaker At Manhasset Secondary School, Brown earned 13 letters playing football, lacrosse, baseball, basketball, and running track He averaged a then-Long Island record 38 points per game for his basketball team That record was later broken by future Boston Red Sox star Carl Yastrzemski of Bridgehampton Brown began his acting career before the 1964 season He was playing a buffalo soldier in a Western action film called Rio Conchos The film premiered at Cleveland’s Hippodrome theater on October 23, with Brown and many of his teammates in attendance The reaction was lukewarm Brown, one reviewer said, was a serviceable actor, but the movie’s overcooked plotting and implausibility amounted to “a vigorous melodrama for the unsqueamish” MGM cast Brown in his first lead role in The Split (1969) The film was based on a Parker novel by Donald E. Westlake Brown appeared in Mars Attacks! (1996) and Sucker Free City (2004) He played a defensive coach, Montezuma Monroe, in Any Given Sunday (1999) Brown married his first wife Sue Brown in September 1959 She sued for divorce in 1968, charging him with “gross neglect” Together they had three children, twins Kim and Kevin, and a son, James Jr. Their divorce was finalized in 1972 Brown was ordered to pay $2,500 per month in alimony and $100 per week for child support In 1965, Brown was arrested in his hotel room for assault and battery against an 18-year-old named Brenda Ayres He was later acquitted of those charges A year later, he fought paternity allegations that he fathered Brenda Ayres’ child In 1968, Brown was charged with assault with intent to commit murder after model Eva Bohn-Chin was found beneath the balcony of Brown’s second-floor apartment The charges were later dismissed after Bohn-Chin refused to cooperate with the prosecutor’s office.