Pictures of famous quitters -- Jim Brown

After nine seasons in the <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORSPT000007" title="National Football League" href="/topic/sports/football/national-football-league-ORSPT000007.topic">NFL</a>, and noted as one of the greatest running backs ever, Brown at age 30 decided he'd rather star in movies than on a football field.

( ASSOCIATED PRESS / December 9, 1999 )

After nine seasons in the NFL, and noted as one of the greatest running backs ever, Brown at age 30 decided he'd rather star in movies than on a football field.

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