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  1. Marion Motley was an American professional football player who was a fullback and linebacker for the Cleveland Browns in the All-America Football Conference and National Football League. He was a leading pass-blocker and rusher in the late 1940s and early 1950s, and ended his career with an average of 5.7 yards per carry, a record for running backs that still stands. A versatile player who possessed both quickness and size, Motley was a force on both offense and defense. Fellow Hall of Fame runn

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  2. Marion Motley's Career Capsule. Full name: Marion Motley. Birthdate: June 5, 1920. Birthplace: Leesburg, Georgia. Died: June 27, 1999 in Cleveland, Ohio. High School: McKinley (Canton, OH) Enshrined into Pro Football Hall of Fame: August 3, 1968. Presenter: Bill Willis, former Cleveland Browns teammate

  3. Marion Motley. Marion Motley Position: FB-LB 6-1, 232lb (185cm, 105kg) Born: June 5, 1920 in Leesburg, GA. Died: June 27, 1999 in Cleveland, OH. College: South Carolina St., Nevada. High School: McKinley Hall of Fame: Inducted as Player in 1968 More bio, uniform, draft, salary info

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  4. Jun 27, 1999 · Marion Motley, (born June 5, 1920, Leesburg, Georgia, U.S.—died June 27, 1999, Cleveland, Ohio), African American gridiron football player who helped desegregate professional football in the 1940s during a career that earned him induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1968. Motley’s bruising running style and exceptional blocking ability marked him as one of the sport’s greatest players.

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    Motley attended high school at Canton McKinley High School in Canton, Ohio, and played college football at South Carolina State and three seasons at Nevada . As a punishing fullback for the Wolf Pack, Motley played several games at San Francisco's Kezar Stadium against such power teams of the period from the Bay Area: USF, Santa Clara, and St. Mary's;at the time there were no major professional football teams on the West Coast.

    During World War II, Motley joined the U.S. Navy, where he first played for Paul Brown with the Great Lakes Naval Training Station team. This team, full of fine players, notably defeated Notre Dame 39-7 in 1945. Motley planned on going back to college to get a degree, but then Paul Brown offered him a job with his new professional team. He started his pro football career in 1946, when the Cleveland Browns were part of the new AAFC.

    Motley and the Browns won every championship in the four-year existence of the AAFC, posting an overall 47-4-3 record, including an undefeated 15-0 season in 1948. Besides the New York Yankees and San Francisco 49ers, the other teams in the AAFC did not offer significant opposition to the Browns. In the 1946 AAFC championship game against New York, Motley rushed for 98 yards on 13 carries, including a touchdown, as the Browns prevailed 14-9. In the 1947 rematch, Motley rushed 33 times for 109 yards in the Browns' 14-3 win. In the 1948 championship game against the Buffalo Bills(who won the AAFC East title with a 7-7 record), Motley carried 14 times for 133 yards and three touchdowns, as the Browns romped 49-7. He wrapped up his AAFC career in the 1949 title game against San Francisco with 8 carries for 75 yards, including a 63 yard touchdown run in the Browns' 21-7 victory. When the AAFC shut down after 1949, Motley was the league's career rushing leader at 3,024 yards. The Browns j...

    In 1968, Motley was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, located in his hometown. The previous year, former safety Emlen Tunnell of the New York Giants was the first black player to achieve the honor, making Motley the second. In his books The Thinking Man's Guide to Pro Football and the revised edition The New Thinking Man's Guide To Pro Football, the respected football writer Paul "Dr. Z" Zimmerman of Sports Illustrated has called Motley the best player in the history of football He was named to the NFL's 75th Anniversary All-Time Team in 1994. Shortly after his death in 1999, Motley was ranked number 32 on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Football Players. Now most people can refer to him as "The Jackie Robinsonof football," because he, along with three others, broke the color barrier in professional football in 1946.

  5. On this date in 1920, Marion Motley was born. He was a Black football player, who helped desegregate professional football in the 1940s. It was a career that earned him induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1968. From Leesburg, Georgia, he was a fullback and linebacker for both South Carolina State University now Claflin University, and the University of Nevada before playing for the Great Lakes Naval Training Station during World War II.

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