Sunday, December 28, 2014

Pillars of the NFL: Marion Motley

In Patrick McCaskey's Pillars of the NFL: Coaches Who Have Won Three or More Championships he covers the ten greatest NFL coaches of all-time.  Among the pillars is Paul Brown who coached the Cleveland Browns and the Cincinnati Bengals.  In Cleveland, Brown won four AAFC titles and three NFL titles  in 25 years as head coach.  In Pillars, we describe some of Brown's key players and we'd  thought we'd reproduce some of that for our posts.  

Marion Motley

Marion Motley was someone most other coaches overlooked. Motley was an African American who Brown knew well. He played for one of Brown’s Washington High School rivals, Canton McKinley High School, and he played for Brown’s Bluejackets at the Great Lakes Naval Station. As a fullback, Motley was powerful in the same way Bronko Nagurski was a generation before. Motley was a peerless blocker who protected Otto Graham and an excellent ball carrier who is credited with much of the success for Brown’s draw play.  Motley was just too much for opposing teams to manage. The Hall of Famer could also play linebacker.

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