Jim Brown is an influential figure around Cleveland Browns territory.
He’s the franchise’s all-time leading rusher and a Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee, making his feelings toward current Cleveland players about as powerful as they can get.
The 78-year-old shared his thoughts on Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel on Friday, telling ESPN Cleveland’s “The Really Big Show” that he likes the first-round pick based on performances in college and isn’t worried about his off-the-field actions.
“I like Johnny, you know, I like his type,” Brown said. “Johnny is a champion, Johnny won games in college. He won the Heisman Trophy as a freshman, didn?t he? ? That?s pretty bold. Not bad. You got to have something going on to do that.”
Manziel’s off-the field antics have concerned the Browns this year, before the 21-year-old has even taken a single regular season snap.
But Brown doesn’t see anything wrong with Manziel’s actions thus far.
“You?ve got to remember, I?m an ex-player,” Brown said. “We used to party. Let?s get real, man, we chase girls.”
?There?s nothing wrong with it,” Brown added.