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Jim Brown returning to team in an "official capacity"

(Cleveland) – Welcome back #32!

The Cleveland Browns will make a special announcement Wednesday morning regarding Jim Brown re-joining the organization in an official capacity.

Browns Owner Jimmy Haslam and Brown will be on hand to make the announcement.

The Hall of Fame running back, who had a rift with his former team for several years, took part in alumni events last fall.

In a lengthy chat with Newsradio WTAM 1100's Andre Knott and other reporters, Brown said he wanted to help the Browns return to their winning ways.

The 76-year-old Brown helped induct former players Ernie Green and Clarence Scott into their legends club that weekend. 

It was Brown's first time at FirstEnergy Stadium in more than two years. He has been at odds with the club since then team president Mike Holmgren removed him from his role as an adviser to former owner Randy Lerner. Holmgren offered Brown a reduced role with the team, but he declined.

Brown was so hurt by Holmgren's decision to change his position with the team that he boycotted a ceremony in 2010, when the Browns unveiled a ring of honor inside their stadium. Brown's absence overshadowed and diminished the event, and his estranged relationship with the Browns has been a sore point for all parties involved.

Always outspoken, Brown also made headlines early last year when he criticized the Browns for drafting running back Trent Richardson in the first round. Brown described Richardson as "ordinary," and the man who helped revolutionize the running back position said he "didn't see anything outstanding" about the rookie back.

Richardson said Brown's comments helped motivated him.

Brown rushed for 12,312 yards in nine seasons with the Browns before he unexpectedly retired to pursue an acting career.

He is the franchise's career leader in rushing yards, attempts and touchdowns. Brown's No. 32 was retired by the Browns.

Jim Brown was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971.

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