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James Brown Bio: NFL, Weight loss & Net Worth

James Talmadge Brown, commonly known as J.B., is a former basketball player turned American Sportscaster.

He is also the host of the James Brown Show, The NFL Today, which airs on CBS Sports, and Thursday Night Football on CBS network.

J.B. is also known as Special Correspondent for CBS news. He had served as host for eleven years on Fox NFL Network’s Pregame Show.

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American Sportscaster: James Brown

Besides being a sportscaster, he had also acted and produced few TV series. He also gained popularity due to his dramatic weight-loss journey.

In the article, we will tell you everything you need to know about James Brown.

Quick Facts of James Brown

Here are some quick and interesting facts about James Brown to get you started.

Full Name James Talmadge Brown
Birth Date February 25, 1951
Birth Place Washington, D.C., United States
Nick Name J.B.
Religion Christian
Nationality American
Ethnicity African American
Education Havard University
Horoscope Pisces
Father’s Name John Brown
Mother’s Name Maryann Brown
Siblings Four
Age 73 Years Old
Height 6 ft 5 inches
Weight 218lbs
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Brown
Build Athletic
Profession Sportscaster, Commentator
Current Network CBS Network
Other Shows The James Brown Show
Active Years 1984-present
Marital Status Married
Wife Dorothy Brown
Kids One; Katrina Brown
Net Worth $16 million
Social Media Twitter, FacebookInstagram.
Website jbjamesbrown
Merch 1992 Olympics Highlights, Role of a Lifetime
Last Update May, 2024

James Brown: Early Life and Education

James was born to John Brown and Maryann Brown. He was born on 25th February 1951 and raised in Washington D.C., United States.

American Sportscaster is the eldest brother to one sister and three brothers.

He was born into a working-class family. Maryann was a homemaker, while John used to do two jobs to support his family.

Despite all the hardship, Jame’s father and mother made a great effort to provide their children a good life. James’s parents even supported his love for sports.

J.B. attended DeMatha Catholic Highschool, and then he graduated from Harvard University.

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James Brown playing basketball

Brown always shined brighter among other players on the basketball court. Similarly, in his last three seasons at Harvard University, he achieved all Ivy-League honors.

He also played the role of team captain in his senior year at Harvard.

At Harvard, Cornel Ronald West, who is an American Philosopher, was his roommate.

James Brown: Age, Height, and Weight

Seventy years old James Brown is six feet five inches tall and weighs about 218lbs (98kg). He has a chocolatey brown complexion with dark brown eyes and black hair.

James is 73 Years Old.

His star sign is Pisces. As a Pisces trait, he is very likable as well as friendly with other people. He is a follower of Christianity.

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James Brown: Personal Life

James Brown lives a peaceful and happy life with his beautiful wife, Dorothy. It seems like Dorothy loves privacy as she is far away from social media.

The common thing about this couple is that they are highly religious and have faith in Jesus.

James Brown and Dorothy brown met on a blind date. They met each other through a former colleague and producer of channel 9.

Before getting married, they both were in a long-distance relationship. J.B.’s wife was studying in New York City back then.


Dorothy and James got married only after taking permission from Jame’s daughter Katrina. Her biological mother is Alfreda Holmes.

Brown’s daughter seems to have a friendly and healthy relationship with her stepmother, Dorothy. Interestingly, Dorothy and Katrina share the same birthdate. Their birthdate is the 1st of April.

Katrina Brown is married to Johnnie Walker. Katrina and Johnnie are parents to three girls and one boy.

Since James is a true devotee of Jesus, he is also actively speaking at churches in the United States.

To know more about J.B., you can watch this video where he has answered interesting questions.

J.B is also involved in many charitable organizations. He is a board member of GENYOUth.

He is also involved in the Ron and Joy Paul Kidney Center at the U.S. and St. Jude Children Hospital.

James Brown: Career

Brown’s Basketball Career

James was fond of basketball and baseball. In his high school days, Morgan Wotten coached him, and James developed basketball skills more than baseball.


At Harvard University, everyone was impressed by his love for basketball. He was a very competitive player, as he was a three-time All-Ivy selection in basketball and is in the Harvard Basketball Hall of fame.

He dreamed of being an NBA player. However, he couldn’t make it to Atlanta Hawk’s basketball team. As a result, James had to give up his dream of becoming an NBA player.

Then, Sportscaster James also entered into the corporate world where he worked for companies such as Eastman Kodak and Xerox.

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As Sportscaster

The year 1948 was the beginning of his sportscasting career. He served as an expert commenter on NBA Washington Bullets for Home team Sports. J.B. was sports repoter in Channel 9.

He also worked as an analyst of the NBA at CBS network. Besides, he was also an anchor at CBS affiliated with WUSA.

He also worked for Fox Network for a short period. James was the host for NFL on Fox in 1994. Along with that, Brown also worked as studio host for Fox Saturday Baseball and Fox NHL Saturday.

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James Brown in Thursday Night Football

He ended his sportscasting career in Fox Network in 2006. And, then he again rejoined the CBS network.

He appeared as a broadcaster along with Boomer Esiason, Shannon Sharpe and, Dan Marino in NFL today, which aired on the CBS network.


  • A host for Winter Olympics of 1992 and 1994.
  • A reporter for National League Championship Series 1990.
  • A host for radio sports talks for Sporting News Radio.
  • A host for The World’s funniest.
  • Also, he made a guest appearance in the political drama series Madam Secretary.

He also co-authored a book in 2009. The book was entitled “Role of Lifetime: Reflection on faith, family and, significant living.”

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James Brown: Award and Honors

  1. A three-time Emmy Award-winning network broadcaster.
  2. Best studio host of the decade, 2010.
  3. 2016 Pete Rozelle Award by the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
  4. The Uncommon Award from Tonny Dungy.
  5. Honoree of Faces of Black History.
  6. Great Washington Urban League’s Sam Lacy Award.
  7. Pat Summerall award.

James Brown: Net Worth

NFL today host; Brown lives a happy and comfortable life with his wife and daughter. Brown earns mostly from his hosting career but also from his business and endorsement.

Sportscaster J.B. estimated  Net Worth is a whopping $16 Million.

He owns a luxurious house and other properties as well. He also spends his money on charitable work.

James Brown: Dramatic Weightloss

Seventy years old sportscaster also gained fame due to his dramatic weight loss journey. Many of his fans were worried due to sudden weight loss. Therefore, he clarified that his weight loss was healthy.

For losing weight, he cut off his calorie to 600 and continued intense cardio. As a result, he lost 25 percent of his weight.

He admitted that he used to be teased by his colleague. His colleague Howie told him he looked like a swollen tick.

Long-time Football Sportscaster James Brown is down to 80 pounds which put all the fans in shock.

Besides, he has also stated that losing weight was necessary for a healthy life. A doctor designed brown’s weight loss program. All the numbers had biblical connotations.

James Brown: Social Media

James is rarely active on social media. He has a Twitter account with over 30K followers. He tweets about his interview, magazine cover, sports commentary, and so on.

Besides Twitter, James also uses other social media such as Instagram with over 4k followers.

He has posted few pictures of his wife, mother, and his daughter. Similarly, J.B. also shares his picture with his friends.

American National, James also has a Facebook account. Over 3k people like his Facebook page, while over 3k people are following his page.

His daughter also has an Instagram profile.

Katrina posts mostly family pictures on her Instagram. This shows that she is living a happy and joyful life with her husband and kids.

Similarly, she also posts about her dad and mom, which shows she has immense love for them.

He also has his own website.


Does James Brown have his TV program?

Yes, James Brown has his TV program called “The James Brown Show.”

Why did James Brown leave Fox Network?

James stated that he left Fox Network to remain close to his hometown. He rejoined the CBS network after leaving Fox Network.

How much is NFL Commenter James Brown’s annual salary?

NFL Commenter James Brown’s estimated annual salary is three million dollars.

Does James Brown’s wife have social media?

Jame’s wife Dorothy is a very private person. She doesn’t have social media.

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