Marion Motley

Marion Motley

About Marion Motley

Marion Motley (June 5, 1920 - June 27, 1999) was an American Football fullback and linebacker who played for the Cleveland Browns in the All-America Football Conference (AAFC) and National Football League (NFL). 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 a fullback that still stands. A versatile player who possessed both quickness and size, Motley was a force on both offense and defense. Joe Perry once called him 'the greatest all-around football player there ever was'. Motley was also one of the first African-Americans to play the professional game in the modern era. Motley grew up in Canton, Ohio. He played football through high school and college in the 1930s before enlisting in the military during World War II. While training in the U.S. Navy in 1944, he played for a service team coached by Paul Brown.