Hall of Famer and Cleveland Browns legendary fullback paved the way for millions of athletes by breaking through pro football’s race barrier in 1946, one year before Jackie Robinson signed with baseball’s Brooklyn Dodgers. His legacy continues to live on and positively impact lives across the country.
The Cleveland Browns Foundation is offering two scholarships, named in honor of Motley, to students whose long-term career goal includes working in education or for a professional sports organization.
The Cleveland Browns Foundation Scholarship is a renewable scholarship in the amount of $2,500 per year for four years. All eligible students must be graduating high school in 2018.
The scholarship has awarded more than $240,000 to 24 students from the Northeast Ohio region. Among Marion Motely Scholarship recipients, 92 percent have graduated or are on track to graduate, significantly surpassing the 18 percent national average among comparable demographics.
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Motley was an imposing figure on the field. The constant threat of him hurtling up the middle kept the defenses honest. Marion was the AAFC's all-time rushing leader and also led the NFL in ground gaining in his initial season in the league in 1950.
In his nine professional seasons, he amassed 4,720 yards on 828 carries for an amazing 5.7 yards-per-carry average. When he retired Marion held a host of Browns' club records. In addition to be elected to the Hall of Fame in 1968, Motley was named in 1994 to the NFL’s 75th Anniversary All-Time Team.
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