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Jim Brown's Net Worth Was Large Thanks to Football and Acting

Former Cleveland Browns superstar running back and fullback Jim Brown had a legendary career in the NFL, making a name for himself as one of the greatest professional football players of all time. He sadly passed away at the age of 87, his wife announced on Friday, May 19, but his impact on the game was immeasurable.

Brown's days on the gridiron made him extremely wealthy, and he managed to increase his fortune with a successful acting career after retiring.

So, just how rich was Jim Brown before his passing?

Brown Was a Two-Sport Star at Syracuse

UNKNOWN - CIRCA 1955: Running Back Jim Brown #44 of the Syracuse University Orangemen circa 1955. (Photo by Sporting News via Getty Images via Getty Images)

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James Nathaniel Brown was born and raised in St. Simons Island, Georgia, to parents Swinton and Theresa Brown. He attended high school at Manhasset in New York and starred as a multi-sport athlete, excelling primarily in football and lacrosse.

Brown would go on to play college football at Syracuse University.

While at Syracuse, Brown starred at running back and earned Unanimous All-America honors. In fact, Brown was a collegiate All-American in both football and lacrosse.

After three years with the Orange, Brown entered the NFL Draft.

Brown's NFL Career Was the Stuff of Legends

Jim Brown was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the first round of the 1957 NFL Draft, and went on to have a legendary career as an NFL player. Brown featured in nine Pro Bowls and earned eight First-Team All-Pro selections throughout his nine years in the National Football League.

He won MVP three times, and upon retiring in 1965 he held the single-season record for rushing yards (1,863 in 1963) and career rushing yards (12,312). Additionally, he scored the most rushing touchdowns in NFL history at the time he called it quits, having punched in 106 scores.

Brown won an NFL Championship in 1964, three years before the first Super Bowl.

A surefire Hall of Famer, Brown was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971. In 2002, Sporting News named him the greatest professional football player ever.

Brown Had a Successful Acting Career

Following his retirement from the NFL, the American football player returned to the public eye as an actor.

Brown featured in his first Hollywood film as a buffalo soldier in the 1960s film "Rio Conchos." He appeared in his second film, "The Dirty Dozen" in 1966, and in 1968 appeared in "Ice Station Zebra" and "Dark of the Sun."

Brown featured in many more films throughout his acting career, including the popular '80s movie "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka," as well as films like "Any Given Sunday" and "Mars Attacks!" He was also the first African-American to announce a televised boxing match and worked as a color analyst for CBS' NFL telecasts.

Personal Life

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Jim Brown married his first wife Sue Brown in 1959. The pair had three children together: Kevin, Kim and James Jr.

Jim and Sue divorced in 1968. Brown didn't remarry until 1997 when he tied the knot with Monique Brown. Monique shared the news of his passing an in Instagram post, saying he passed peacefully in their Los Angeles home.

Brown also had two children with Monique named Aris and Morgan.

What is Jim Brown's Net Worth?

Jim Brown, Cleveland Browns' fullback, holds up a UPI photo of himself in action against the Chicago Cardinals October 12.

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Playing in the NFL in the 1950s and 1960s didn't pay like it does today, but Brown still managed to amass a fortune from his career in the NFL and his life in Los Angeles as an actor.

If his original Browns rookie contract is any indication, Brown couldn't have made too much in the NFL. His salary according to the document? $12,000. Something tells me he didn't make too much more than that in the rest of his seasons.

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Brown boasts an estimated net worth of $30 million.

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