Jim Brown was an NFL icon as running back with the Browns and a movie star who had roles in hits such as The Dirty Dozen and Any Given Sunday. That's why it was fitting that the presentation of his lifetime achievement award from the Harold & Carole Pump Foundation included fellow Hall of Famers, including Marcus Allen, and an Oscar winner, Jamie Foxx.

During his acceptance speech at the foundation's 14th annual celebrity dinner in Century City, California, Brown stressed the importance of education.

"I honestly don't prefer awards because it sort of kind symbolizes the end of something," Brown said. "I know in my life I'm just starting on a plan that will maybe eradicate some of the violence we have in this country with our young people, and create an environment that our young people can have quality education."

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