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Tuesday was a good news day for Donald Trump in his desire to reach out to the African-American community. Football immortal Jim Brown and former Baltimore Raven linebacker, Ray Lewis, touched down, so to speak, at Trump Tower to huddle with the President-elect about issues facing the Black community.

“When he goes through what he went through to become the president, he got my admiration,” Brown, 80, said during an interview with Brooke Baldwin on CNN. “No one gave him a chance.”

Brown, who was inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and reputedly one of the greatest running backs in history, sat next to the Rev. Darrell Scott, one of Trump’s earliest supporters. “I can’t speak for the pastor,” Brown said, “but I fell in love with him [Trump] because he really talks about helping African-Americans, Black people, and that’s why I’m here.”

Picking up on Brown’s comment, Scott said, “Well, I fell in love with Trump a long time ago.”

Lewis, who like Brown has a checkered past, said, “We talked about what entrepreneurial really looks like from the individuals themselves.” He works with Brown’s Ameri-I-Can, a group formed to help people take charge of their lives and realize their full potential.

Brown’s appearance with Trump was a surprise to many, particularly when he voted for Hillary Clinton, but he said, “When I come out of the box, I don’t come out of the box as racial. I look for good people and people that will be like-minded and help me try to do good for other human beings.”

He added that three of the greatest people in his life were white men.

Also joining the trio was Omarosa Manigault, Trump’s director of African-American Outreach that has included Kanye West, who had his own moment with Trump.

“I come to the table with a different perspective than a lot of folks,” Manigault told reporters last week, “in the sense that I know him from ‘The Apprentice,’ in the sense of what we did to make the franchise a success.”

She has obviously managed to turn an appearance on a TV reality show into a political reality with a possible place in the White House. Go figure.