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Marion Motley

Persistence paid off for Marion Motley and for the Cleveland Browns. After starring at Canton McKinley High, South Carolina State, and University of Nevada and the Great Lakes Naval Station, Motley was turned down by Paul Brown for a tryout in the old All-America Football Conference with the Browns in 1946. The team already had enough running backs, the legendary coach said. Five weeks later, Brown changed his mind. It was a decision he never regretted. With the 6-foot-1, 238-pound Motley at fullback, the Browns captured four consecutive AAFC championships. Motley was voted to the all-league team three years in a row, 1947-49. Cleveland joined the National Football League in 1950 and neither the team nor Motley slowed down against the more established competition. Motley led the league in rushing with 810 yards and was named All-NFS as the Browns won the world championship. All totaled, the big full-back rushed for 4,720 yards in the NFL. He set a record of 17.09 yards a carry when he rushed for 188 yards in 11 attempts in a 1950 game against the Steelers. After his football career, Motley worked for several years in Summit County. He was named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1968.

Inducted 1990 | Football