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Jim Brown’s not mad at Johnny Football’s nightlife

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Jim Brown started his career in the movies while his football career was still underway. He caused a stir by filming a controversial-at-the-time love scene with Raquel Welch. He made headlines on and off the field.

So naturally, he likes Johnny Manziel.

The Browns legend said he did not disapprove of the rookie quarterback’s behavior, in an interview with ESPN Cleveland’s “The Really Big Show.”

“You’ve got to remember, I’m an ex-player. We used to party,” Brown said. “Let’s get real, man, we chase girls.”

Manziel has created plenty of attention (perhaps far too much) for his off-field escapades, but Brown said there’s some substance to his game which stands out as well.

“I like Johnny, you know, I like his type,” Brown said. “Johnny is a champion, Johnny won games in college. He won the Heisman Trophy as a freshman, didn’t he? … That’s pretty bold. Not bad. You got to have something going on to do that.”

And even though Brown is decades removed from his days as a player, he clearly knows a player when he sees one.