Jim Brown, as reported yesterday, has officially returned to the Cleveland Browns, where the Hall of Fame running back will serve as a special advisor to the club.

In that capacity, Brown will handle a variety of functions for the club. Brown was an executive advisor for the franchise until 2010 when he was fired by then-team president Mike Holmgren.

“I am excited to be back and a part of a franchise that will always be very close to my heart,” Brown said in a statement. “I want to thank Jimmy Haslam and Joe Banner for giving me this chance to return to the organization and the great city of Cleveland, whose fans are the best in the NFL and who always have supported me. I look forward to getting started and once again make difference, not just with the franchise but in the Northeast Ohio community.”

New Browns owner Jimmy Haslam welcomed the Hall of Famer back into the fold with the franchise.

“Jim Brown is one of the most iconic figures, not just in Cleveland, but the entire NFL,” Haslam said. “His playing career still stands as one of the most remarkable in league annals, and his work in the community since his retirement, especially with our youth, has been just as impressive. He will be a tremendous asset to our organization and we are thrilled that he will be representing the Browns in many different capacities.”

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