Brown is under the impression he first met the man who broke his records when Simpson was an All-America and a Heisman Trophy winner at USC in the late '60s. But Simpson recalls an earlier meeting.
"I really first met him when I was just a kid in San Francisco. It was after a 49er game—I was a big fan of McElhenny and Joe Perry—and a bunch of us had gone across the street from Kezar Stadium to an ice cream parlor where we hung out after games. We were just messing around in there when who should walk in but Mr. Jim Brown himself.
"Well, you know how kids are. We started fooling around, mumbling things, and finally I just walked right up to him and said, ' Mr. Brown, someday I'm going to break all your records, wait and see.' I know it sounds unbelievable now, but I was just kidding around.
"Brown hardly looked at me. He just kind of walked away smiling. Now that we've gotten to know each other, I felt I could ask him if he remembered that time. Naturally, he didn't remember it at all. Why should he? Just some dumb kid."
Mr. Brown might have occasion to remember it now.