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The NFL family has suffered a loss this afternoon when it was announced that legendary running back Jim Brown had passed away at the age of 87.
The news was announced on Instagram by his wife Monique:
"To the world he was an activist, actor, and football star," the post read. "To our family he was a loving and wonderful husband, father, and grandfather. Our hearts are broken..."
Brown would be selected by the Cleveland Browns in 1957, and go on to earn Pro Bowl selections in every season that he played. He would lead the NFL in rushing yards in eight of nine years, and also helped the team to three league championships.
"It's impossible to describe the profound love and and gratitude we feel for having the opportunity to be a small piece of Jim's incredible life and legacy," the Browns said in a statement. "We mourn his passing, but celebrate the indelible light he brought to the world.
"Our hearts are with Jim's family, loved ones, and all those he impacted along the way."