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Hall of Famer Jim Brown on Syracuse Un-retiring NO. 44 – 6/4/15

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JIM BROWN HERE ON "THE RICH
EISEN SHOW."
I'M GOING TO HAND THINGS OVER
QUICKLY NOT ONLY TO THE FANS
THAT WE JUST HAD BUT CHRIS
BROCKMAN AND CHRIS LAW HAVE A
QUESTION FOR EACH.
BROCKMAN, YOU ARE A SYRACUSE
GRAD.
THIS IS NUMBER 44 RIGHT HERE.
>> MR. BROWN, THE UNIVERSITY
DECIDED RECENTLY TO BRING BACK
NUMBER 44 FOR THE FOOTBALL
PROGRAM.
YOU REPORTEDLY GAVE YOUR
BLESSING.
WHY IS NOW THE TIME TO DO THAT
AND WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON
THE PROGRAM DIRECTION?
>> WELL, BOY, THAT'S SOMETHING
ELSE HERE.
I DIDN'T EXACTLY GIVE MY
BLESSING.
I JUST DIDN'T COMPLAIN.
THAT'S A DIFFERENT THING.
>> WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY THAT?
>> I DIDN'T TALK TO ANYONE
BEFORE THEY DECIDED TO DO IT.
SO THEY COULDN'T HAVE MY
BLESSINGS.
BUT WHEN I DID GET A CALL FROM
AN EXECUTIVE UP THERE, I DIDN'T
MAKE A FUSS ABOUT IT AND I TOLD
THEM WHATEVER THEY WANTED TO DO
WAS OKAY WITH ME.
SO IT'S OKAY WITH ME.
>> BUT IF THEY HAD ASKED YOU,
WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE SAID?
NO?
BECAUSE IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU DO
HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF†--
>> WELL, UNRETIRE SOMETHING AND
THERE HAS TO BE A COMMERCIAL
ASPECT TO IT.
SO IF IT'S GOING TO HELP THE
TEAM, THE SCHOOL, COMMERCIALLY
HELP THE SCHOLARSHIP FUND OR
SOMETHING LIKE THAT, THEN IT'S
GOOD.
BUT FOR ME TO ENDORSE SOMETHING
THAT TAKES AWAY SOMETHING FROM
YOU, DOESN'T MAKE SENSE UNLESS I
DID SOMETHING TO DESERVE IT.
IT SEEMS LIKE A PUNISHMENT TO
ME, BUT I DON'T TAKE IT THAT
WAY, BUT IT COULDN'T BE A
POSITIVE THING UNLESS SOMEONE
EXPLAINED IT WHERE ALL OF US
WOULD SEE THE POSITIVE ASPECT OF
IT.