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Friday, November 26th, 2010

FOOTBALL LEGEND JIM BROWN TO FLIP COIN AT 75TH AT&T COTTON BOWL CLASSIC!

The AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic announced today that legendary Syracuse running back, Jim Brown, will flip the coin before the 75th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic on Friday, Jan. 7th. 

Many regard Brown, a member of the inaugural class of the AT&T Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame, as one of the greatest running backs in football history. He is also a member of both the College and Pro Football Hall of Fame. In 2002, The Sporting News named Brown the greatest professional football player ever.

“We thought long and hard about which one person could best represent 75 years of great players who have played in the Classic,” Tommy Bain, Chairman of the AT&T Cotton Bowl said. “We had an impressive list to choose from, but Jim Brown stood out above the rest, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have a true legend flipping the coin for this special anniversary Classic.”

Brown led the No. 8 Syracuse Orangemen to the 1957 Classic against TCU. He accounted for three touchdowns and amassed 132 rushing yards against the Horn Frogs, but it was TCU, led by halfback Jim Swink, that took home the Cotton Bowl trophy with a 28-27 win. Despite the loss, Brown was named as one of the Most Outstanding Players. He went on to a stellar career with the Cleveland Browns.

Brown’s coin flip will occur before an expected capacity crowd on January 7th for a Classic matchup between the Big 12 and Southeastern Conference at Cowboys Stadium. For the first time in the 75-year history of the game, the 2011 AT&T Cotton Bowl will be played in primetime. The Classic will be nationally televised on FOX with kickoff set for 7:27 p.m. The teams will be announced on Sunday, Dec. 5.

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