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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Jim Brown appeared at Yale for lacrosse, not football

In the spring of 1957, Jim Brown was a unanimous first-team All-American fullback at Syracuse and first-round draft pick of the Cleveland Browns. He was set to graduate in May, but not before spending one final semester starring in lacrosse.

On April 22, Brown and undefeated Syracuse came to town to take on Yale. Lacrosse didn’t get much coverage in the pages of the Register, but Brown’s appearance warranted a game day advance and a feature story (with a photograph of Brown) on the game.

The game itself took place on an unnamed field next to Coxe Cage. Brown’s three goals and one assist in Syracuse’s 10-6 victory qualified as a subpar day by his standards. Brown would finish the season with 43 goals in 10 games to earn first-team All-America status.

Read Chip Malafronte's complete story.

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