CLEVELAND -- Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown has returned to the Cleveland Browns.

New owner, Jimmy Haslam, welcomed Brown back at a news conference this morning. Haslam says Brown will serve as aspecial adviser to the team.

Brown said he is looking forward to working with current players and hopes to helpthe team reach itsgoal of winning a Super Bowl.

"I am excited to be back and a part of a franchise that will always be very close to my heart," Brown said. "I want to thank Jimmy Haslam and Joe Banner for giving me this chance to return to the organization and the great city of Cleveland, whose fans are the best in the NFL and who always have supported me. I look foward to getting started and once again make a difference, not just with the franchise but in the Northeast Ohio community."

Brown, 77, played his entire career with the Browns. A rift formed between the Hall of Famer and the team when former President Mike Holmgren eliminated his role.

Haslam himself helped patch over the differences and paved the way for Brown's return.

"Jim Brown is one of the most iconic figures, not just in Cleveland, but the entire NFL," said Haslam. "His playing career still stands as one of the most remarkable in league annals, and his work in the community since his retirement, especially with our youth, has been just as impressive."