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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