Jim Brown and Michael Jordan

source: Pro Football Hall of Fame

Two different athletes who are arguably the greatest players of their respective sports were born on this day. Jim Brown was born on this day in 1936.  He dominated the NFL during the late 1950’s and 1960s.  He had a relatively short career, choosing to retire while still at the height of his ability. Brown would go on to a successful film career.  Brown was an incredible athlete who starred in lacrosse, basketball and track at college, along with football. For more on Jim Brown:


Michael Jordan (Steve Lipofsky at basketballphoto.com [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html))
Steve Lipofsky at basketballphoto.com [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)
Michael Jordan was born on this day in 1963. While his dream of playing Major League Baseball fell short, he did okay: Michael Jordan became, in the eyes of most basketball fans, the best player in history. His accomplishments are too numerous to mention here, but some of the most notable include: Six NBA Championships, and the highest career scoring average of any player, ever.  According the NBA itself,

“By acclamation, Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time. Although, a summary of his basketball career and influence on the game inevitably fails to do it justice, as a phenomenal athlete with a unique combination of fundamental soundness, grace, speed, power, artistry, improvisational ability and an unquenchable competitive desire, Jordan single-handedly redefined the NBA superstar.” (NBA.com)

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