Marion Motley Enshrinement speech

Marion Motley Enshrinement Speech 1968

Presenter: Bill Willis

Thank you. Thank you very much. Thank you Reverend clergy, honorable Mayor, member of the Football Hall of Fame, friends. I am extremely proud to be a part of this program, and to have the privilege of presenting to you the greatest all-around football player in professional history. It gives me a great deal of pleasure to present to the fans of Canton their own Marion Motley. Marion Motley was a legendary here at Canton McKinley, where the last three seasons he played, he lost one game each. That one game was lost to Paul Brown of Massillon. Marion later went to the University of Nevada, where he followed Jimmy Aken and made, remade the record book there. He later caught up with Paul Brown at Great Lakes where he was instrumental in defeating Notre Dame in 1945.

The Cleveland Browns were organized in 1946. About a week after they were organized, Paul Brown realized that he did not have what it took to win the Championship, so he called Marion Motley - the rest is history. Every year that the Cleveland Browns participated in the All-American Conference they won the championship. Marion Motley was the leading rusher in the All-American Conference. Whenever you think of the Cleveland Browns, you must think of Paul Brown -- really. Whenever you think of Paul Brown, you think of Marion and you think of Otto Graham. But you can neither think of Otto Graham the Paul Browns or the Cleveland Browns without thinking of Marion Motley. He was truly a complete football player, and for a team as the Cleveland Browns were in those days who were titled to be a passing club, Motley gained 4,712 yards and made 39 touchdowns. So, it gives me a distinct pleasure to present to the Hall of Fame the greatest full-back of all times, Marion Motley.

Marion Motley

Thank you, Bill, and I'd like to thank the many friends that have come to pay tribute to seven of us today. I look out over these crowd, and I see many faces that I know that I've gone to school with. And it makes a person being from his hometown, of being presented into the Hall of Fame, in the hometown. It's a wonderful feeling. I've been asked many times in the last two or three days as to how you feel, or what will be your feeling. Well, trying to express or say how you feel about this, going into the Hall of Fame, it's rather hard. I'd like to thank the many teammates that I've played with that helped me to be the so-called player that I was at that particular time. Fellows like Bill Willis, Lin Houston, Cliff Lewis, Dante Lavelli, and many others that I could go on and name, but it would take quite a while. But I'd just like to say again, I'd like to thank everyone for coming and thank the people that inducted me into the Hall of Fame. Thank you very much.