Jim Brown Field
In April of 2013, Manhasset Valley Park named its new multipurpose field after Jim Brown, legendary Hall of Fame football player and a pioneer in integrating college and professional football in the modern era of the NFL. Brown had several "firsts" in NFL history. Brown was a teammate of Ernie Davis at Syracuse and has been called by some, "the greatest all-around athlete" of Syracuse University. He played several sports during his collegiate career but is best-known today for confronting racism and charting a path for other African American players.
Backstory and Context
Brown's skill in various sports makes his name on the multipurpose field even more appropriate. He lettered in four sports during his college career, football, basketball, lacrosse, and track. During his extensive athletic career Brown wa,s nominated into the College Football Hall of Fame, the National Football Hall of Fame, and the Lacrosse Hall of fame for his athletic achievements. He holds several NFL records as well as several MVP titles in addition to his historic season as rookie of the year.