Cleveland Browns Hall of Fame RB Jim Brown was a guest on SiriusXM Radio, where he talked about the respect he has for LeBron James, what he thinks of the Browns' organization, and his thoughts on QB Johnny Manziel. Here is a transcript of a portion of the interview:
On LeBron James and His Relationship With Him
"I felt really respected [by the bow in Game 3]. I've been following LeBron and I know he's an exceptional human being. To be almost 79 years old, almost 80, and have a young man recognize you, it's almost unparalled from the standpoint of human beings during this particular time. All I can say to you is that it was one of the greatest sports moments that I've ever had and I truly appreciate this young man for making that gesture."
"I didn't really have a relationship with LeBron other than I'd met him. I'd met some of his people, but I've followed him and I have admired the way he has presented himself on the court and off the court. It's during a time when a lot of young players, and I don't use the word respect too often, but LeBron is a person who represents 'respect' almost on every level."
His Thoughts of the Browns Organization
"My take right now is very positive. It's based upon two people, and that is the owners of the Cleveland Browns. Dee Haslam and Jimmy Haslam are high-class, caring people and they have control of that situation. They are re-building in every way that they can to make sure we have quality football. I'm so happy to be able associated in a meaningful way with them because not only are they going to try to bring football, they are wonderful community people and they are going work with that community. I have high hopes for a change, both in the community and on the football field. It might take 2-3 years, but I think they are on the right track. I'm looking forward to doing everything I can do to support that."
His Thoughts on QB Johnny Manziel
"It's very simple, it's not complicated. Johnny made a monumental move when he went into rehab. I don't think anyone twisted his arm because you can't twist anyone's arm and have them do that. He made a decision that he had to make, and he made it in a bold manner. He is a dynamic personality which will cause him problem. He's going to have understand that he is a superstar that has those kind of qualities that will entice people to mess with him. Having said that, he was drafted by someone on the Browns, and he was drafted for a reason. He is an outstanding football player, he has gone to rehab, he will have a small opening in that door and he's going to have to take advantage of it. He should be very happy that he will have an opportunity to demonstrate his abilities. That opportunity is very narrow because of the circumstances. I like him, I think he has ability, and we'll have to see what happens."