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Race Relations: The Cleveland Pro Superstar

By Dan Smith On July - 21 - 2010

The Cleveland metro area has more than 2 million people living in it. Of those people, 1.6 million are called "non-hispanic white" according to figures

The perception of the greater Cleveland area is that it is predominantly white. In this case, perception is reality.

Cleveland's pro franchises have had six superstars of note—from Jim Brown to LeBron James—that I want to discuss. 

Brown retired at the age of 29 as the NFL's all-time leading rusher. He delivered championships to Cleveland as no other superstar had. In his post NFL career, Brown has been an advocate of race relations in America.

As a strong, black male in Ohio in the 1950s and 1960s, one can only imagine what Brown had to deal with—and he was a part of a winning program.

The 1970s were a time of great distress for Cleveland sport fans. All three franchises struggled. The highlight was the Miracle in Richfield and the rest were lowlights.

Bernie Kosar was the next superstar in Cleveland. He starred in the time before NFL free agency. Kosar was a white quarterback on some very ...

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