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Motley, Marion

Bruce J. Evensen

in American National Biography Online


Published online October 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/anb/9780198606697.article.1900979

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Motley, Marion (05 June 1920–27 June 1999), football player, was born in Leesberg, Georgia, the son of Shakeful Motley, a foundry worker, and Blanche Jones. The family moved to Canton, Ohio, the cradle of the National Football League (NFL), when Marion was two. In junior high, Marion, who was an African American, discovered that because football was “a white game,” he would not be issued a uniform or pads. So for a time he practiced knocking over and running through players without them. In three years Marion's McKinley High School football team in Canton lost only three games, each loss imposed by rival Massillon High School, coached by ...

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