- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 14, 2016

NFL great and Amer-I-Can founder Jim Brown has undergone a massive change of heart for President-elect Donald Trump.

A meeting at Trump Tower on Tuesday prompted one of the greatest professional football players of all time to switch his political allegiance from Hillary Clinton to the billionaire. Mr. Brown, who has worked to improve inner cities for decades, told CNN he was impressed with the Republican’s plans. 

“We talked about making America a better country. We talked about the poor people. We talked about African-American people. We talked about education, getting rid of violence. Dealing with economic development realistically and how to work together,” Mr. Brown told the network.

“Jim Brown, you supported Hillary Clinton,” CNN’s Brooke Baldwin said. “What brought you to Trump Tower?”

“Well, I’ll tell you. The president of the United States brought me. My president. He won it fair and square. He’s going to be our man for the next four years at least, probably eight. And he’s amenable to listening to people who did not vote for him.”

The Cleveland Browns icon added, “I fell in love with him because he really talks about helping African-Americans, black people, and that’s why I’m here.”

Mr. Brown founded the Amer-I-Can Program in 1988, which teaches young people necessary life skills and instills values within them that are conducive to success.

“We believe that the failure in personal development and the lack of self-esteem are the root causes of the aforementioned problems that plague our society today,” the Amer-I-Can website says of its core philosophy. “We believe that by enlarging the scope of individual lives, by introducing them to self-determination techniques, by motivating them with goals, by showing them how to improve and achieve success and financial stability, we will save lives that now seem to be lost.”

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