One of my golfing buddies' dad went to Syracuse during that time. Art Troilo was the team's running back:
There was a kid who was brought over from the lacrosse team.
Art, now passed away, sprained his ankle and couldn't play.
The kid, Jim Brown, played running back but was missing something in his first game as he tried to run away from defenders and tried to dodge them. Art, as the more experienced footballer, took him aside and said, 'Why are you trying to run away from these guys and trying to make them miss? You're bigger than any of them (back then Brown's 230lbs was huge) just run them over! Well we all know what happened after that. Jim Brown's trademark was running over defenders the rest of his illustrious career. Brown had a much better game the next time he played and needless to say, my friend's dad, Art, never played much after his ankle healed.
"Brown was a multisport star at Manhasset High School. He averaged 14.9 yards per carry in football and once scored 55 points in a game."
That's the story as relayed to me @ 7 years ago.
I remember Brown routinely getting the ball 4th and 3 and bulling his way over defensive linemen for the first down. As a kid I actually thought the Cleveland Browns were named after him.
I think that I thought that as a kid, too....
That almost certainly didn't relate to Brown's football skills. Brown entered Syracuse in 1954. You can research when athletes of color started getting college football scholarships. Not sure who was the first at 'Cuse but a lot of big time programs didn't start until the '60s.