Name: Marion Motley
Pro Career: 1946 – 1955
Team Affiliation(s): Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers
College: South Carolina State, Nevada
Induction Class: 1968
Brief Bio: Before there was Jackie Robinson, there was Marion Motley. Actually, Motley was one of four African-American players to break the color barrier in professional football a full year before Robinson took batting practice for the Dodgers. Of the four, only two had significant careers: Motley and fellow HOFer and Cleveland Brown Bill Willis. Motley was a force to be reckoned with and was the AAFC’s all-time leading rusher before the Browns joined the NFL in 1950. Even then, Motley, with his big bruising frame, was the NFL’s leading rusher in 1950. A formidable threat on the ground, Motley was also a huge factor in the Browns’ aerial attack, if only for his superb blocking for HOF QB Otto Graham. Motley was a four-time all-AAFC and one-time all-NFL selection and was a member of the NFL’s 75th Anniversary All-Time Team.
Career Stats: 106 games played; 4,720 rushing yards; 31 rushing TDs; 5.6 yards-per-attempt rushing average; 1,107 receiving yards; 7 receiving TDs
Featured Card: 1950 Bowman #43. It seems appropriate that Marion Motley’s rookie card came during his best professional season, which also happened to be his first in the NFL after the AAFC closed shop. Trivial Beckett value is $250, but this is actually one of the most accurate HOF RC book values I’ve seen. There are currently 10 listings for this card on eBay with 5 being lower, 4 being higher, and 1 being spot on with that $250. Prices range from $89.99 to $789 with a clear grading premium.
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