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Tough but tricky Jim Brown has led the National Football League in rushing in each of his three years as a professional. In 1958 he set a record by rushing for 1,527 yards, tied another with 18 touchdowns and, in all, has gained 3,798 yards at 5.1 yards a try.
Little things that mean a lot
When a tackier closes in I counteract his force with two blows: one with my shoulder, the other with my free arm. I do not ram him with my head, but I do tuck my body lower to gather my strength. First I knock him off balance with my corresponding shoulder (right against right, left against left). Then I deliver a full, powerful blow with my forearm, aiming it for his chest or midsection.
If I am hit low (right) I dip down to get a better blow with my forearm. This forces the tackier back and gives him less of a shot at my legs. I pivot at the same time and hope to get free.
If I am hit high (left) I strike with my shoulder (at an angle, so I can glance off) and swiftly bring my forearm up at the tackier with a pendulumlike swing.
If I am caught by an ankle, I remember that every inch counts and try twice to break away. But it is easy to get hurt in this situation, so I do not pull too hard. If I know I am caught, I dive forward and settle for two valuable yards. When I am hit squarely, I shake and move every muscle I have. Sometimes I manage to get loose.
If I am stymied on a play such as this, where I have to get over the almost-joined legs of my linemen, I sidestep, hop over the legs, pivot as I land on my right foot in this case) and swiftly bring the left leg over. For an instant my back is turned, but I am nailing and spinning much too quickly to be a good target for a tackier.
Every trick helps