WASHINGTON, D.C.  – Professional football and lacrosse Hall of Famer Jim Brown has been selected as the inaugural recipient of the Tewaaraton Legends Award, the University Club of Washington, D.C., and the Greater Washington Sports Alliance announced. The award will be presented to Brown as part of the annual Tewaaraton Awards banquet on Thursday at the Warner Theatre.

Created to recognize players who competed before 2001, the Tewaaraton Legends Award honors an individual whose performance during their college lacrosse career would have earned them a Tewaaraton Award had it existed then.

“Jim Brown possesses the love of the sport that characterizes lacrosse players. His achievements are an important part of lacrosse history and we are excited to have him as our first Tewaaraton Legend,” said Robert Sweeney, president of the Greater Washington Sports Alliance.

“We felt it was important to recognize the legends from the past that helped shape our sport,” said Jeff Harvey,cChairman of the Tewaaraton Committee at the University Club of Washington, D.C. “Jim Brown was an extraordinary lacrosse player that helped define the modern game.”

Brown was a two-time All-American midfielder for the Orange in the 1950s. As a senior in 1957, he scored 64 points, including 43 goals, to lead Syracuse to an undefeated season (10-0). He was inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1984.

A 1956 unanimous All-American in football, Brown set the standard for running backs in his nine seasons with the Cleveland Browns. He made the Pro Bowl every year from 1957 to 1965 and had seven 1,000-yard seasons. Brown scored 106 career touchdowns and retired as the NFL’s all-time leading rusher with 12,312 yards.

Founded in 2000, the Tewaaraton Award has been presented to the men’s and women’s college lacrosse players of the year each season since 2001. Syracuse has two finalists for the award this season – senior goalie John Galloway and senior long-stick midfielder Joel White. This year’s Tewaaraton winner will also be announced Thursday during the banquet.