Brown’s Net Worth in 2005 – The Year That the Cleveland Browns Won the Super Bowl
On a bright September afternoon in 2005, the Browns defeated Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers for an emotional victory that gave fans hope that they may finally break free from post-expansion doldrums.
Jim Brown from Syracuse University became one of the greatest NFL rushing record holders and legends during his illustrious career, establishing every major rushing record and becoming one of the game’s greatest players.
Early Life and Education
Brown utilized his fame to promote African American causes and fight racial discrimination throughout his career. He formed the Black Economic Union, using professional athletes as facilitators in setting up businesses owned by black individuals or urban athletic clubs run by them. Furthermore, he connected with other civil rights leaders of his day like Malcolm X as well as musicians Sam Cooke and Muhammad Ali – further amplifying these causes and fighting racial inequality.
He utilized his celebrity to gain product endorsements and appear in films, helping usher in an era of athlete-actors. Philanthropically, he donated $27 million to Brown University for its Warren Alpert Physician-Scientist MD/PhD program; additionally he created the Brownie Elf foundation that supports youth sports programs throughout Cleveland. Sadly he died at 82.
The 2005 season marked Cleveland Browns’ 53rd in the National Football League and their inaugural under general manager Phil Savage and head coach Romeo Crennel, under whom they finished 6-10 without making the playoffs.
Cribbs was an amazing special teams player for the Browns, recording 1,289 kickoff-return yards and 16 receiving touchdowns over his tenure with them. Additionally, he established franchise records for most games played, field goal attempts made, punt return yard average and most field goal made in one game.
He earned a spot as both a Pro Bowler and All-Rookie selection by being honored with both honors. Over his seven-season tenure with the Browns he notched 325 tackles, 17 pass defenses, 14 interceptions, 325 tackles for losses (all starts) and 246 punts totalling 11,339 yards as an impressive punter.
Achievement and Honors
The 2005 season for the Browns was filled with both highs and lows. In week 1, they made history when rookie wide receiver Braylon Edwards caught two touchdown passes while still losing to Cincinnati 27-13.
In Week 13, the Browns extended their losing streak to 21 games on the road and 17 in division, setting new franchise records. Their loss also reduced Hue Jackson’s record to an unprecedented 32-game stretch heaviness 1-31.
Romeo Crennel of New England Patriots defensive coordinator fame was hired as their head coach, leading them to a 6-10 record during his tenure. Within one year of this acquisition, Jimmy Haslam, owner of Pilot Flying J truck stop chain purchased them as well.
At this point in his athletic career, Brown found himself at the pinnacle. To leverage his fame and influence for good use in another way, he decided to focus his energy and attention on acting. Brown went on to appear in numerous action flicks such as The Dirty Dozen and 100 Rifles before transitioning into more mainstream films such as Slaughter and Three the Hard Way.
Brown used his celebrity status to advance social causes and fight racial discrimination. He helped form groups dedicated to aiding Black-owned businesses as well as rehabilitating former gang members.
In 1992, Houston married singer-actress Whitney Houston and gave birth to their daughter Bobbi Kristina. Unfortunately, their 15-year marriage was plagued with heavy drinking, drug use, and domestic violence issues; ultimately leading them to part ways in 2007.
As evidenced in the chart below, Brown has seen his net worth steadily increase since 2005 due to his steady stream of album releases and tours that accompany those albums.
He holds endorsement deals with Wrigley gum and Got Milk ads that contribute an estimated $6 million or so to his overall income. Additionally, he founded Southern Grind Knives and a wine label, both of which generate some additional revenue streams for him.
Brown and his Sister Wives co-stars have amassed at least $800,000. While not insignificant, this sum may pale in comparison with some of his peers’ earnings.