Jim Brown

Sport: NFL
Years: 1957-1965
At the young age of 29, Jim Brown retired from the NFL as the all-time leading rusher with 12,312 yards; a record that stood for 19 years. After retirement Brown would go on to star in movies such as 100 Rifles; one of the first major releases to include a interracial love scene. Aside from his acting career, Brown founded programs like the Black Economic Union which was aimed at black professional athletes to help black-owned businesses thrive in urban communities. After the BEU folded, J.B. would create another program now known as Amer-I-Can in 1986. The Los Angeles based program helps gang members and convicts learn life skills in an effort to change their lives for the better. Over the years Amer-I-Can has raised millions of dollars and has expanded to cities such as Cleveland and San Francisco.