Jim Brown to receive Syracuse alumni award

Former Syracuse star Jim Brown is set to be honored by his alma mater.

On Wednesday, the Associated Press announced Brown would be honored by the Syracuse University Alumni Association with the 2016 Arents Award.

The Arents Award is awarded annually to honor excellence in athletics and social activism. It is the most prestigious award presented to Syracuse University alum.

The award will be presented to Brown at a ceremony on Sept. 16.

Brown began the Syracuse legend of No. 44 for the Orange football team when he wore it from 1954-56. He was a four-sport star at Syracuse in football, lacrosse, basketball and track and field. He went on to stardom in the NFL with the Cleveland Browns.

Brown has supported Africa-American causes, helping to create the Negro Industrial Economic Union in the 1960s. He also founded the Amer-I-Can program in the 1980s, which helps young gang members turn around their lives.

Brown, who previously had his No. 44 retired by the Orange, is a member of the Pro Football and College Football Hall of Fame. After starring at Syracuse, Brown went on to become the No. 6 overall pick in the 1957 NFL Draft. He led the league in rushing eight times and was a four-time league MVP.

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