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Football Greats Clarence Scott, Larry Morris Inducted Into DHS Wall Of Honor

Both men starred at college, went on to long careers in the NFL.

In a moving ceremony before Friday night's basketball games, Decatur High School added retired football players Clarence Scott and Larry Morris, without question two of the best athletes raised within Decatur’s four square miles, to the school’s Wall of Honor.

Scott, a 1966 graduate of Trinity High (before Decatur High was integrated) was later an All-American at Kansas State before playing 13 years (All-Pro three times) with the Cleveland Browns.

Morris, a 1950 Decatur grad, was a four-time All-SEC performer at Georgia Tech before his 12 NFL seasons, which included an MVP performance in the 1963 league championship game.

Morris could not attend. He lives at the Presbyterian Village in Austell where he gets around-the-clock care for Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, a severe brain disorder that probably stems from his long playing.

Scott, who lives in Stone Mountain, did attend and, standing at midcourt, spoke for several minutes to the large opening-night crowd.

“I grew up a stone’s throw from where this arena stands today,” he said. “There was no better place in the world to grow up than Decatur. It was through the support and nurturing of Decatur that allowed me to go as far as I did, and it’s a huge honor to be standing on this floor tonight.”

Scott and Morris are the sixth and seventh inductees, and the first football players added to the Wall of Honor. The initial Wall of Honor class was introduced in December, 2009, concurrent with the opening of Decatur’s new arena.

The first five inductees were basketball players Melvin Howard (1983 graduate), Mike Dickerson (1972), Pearl Worrell (1972), Herb White (1965) and Don Kaiser (1957).

Jack Reimer November 20, 2011 at 10:23 PM
Frank Broyles, DHS Boy's High class of 42. Long time football coach and Athletics Director at the University of Arkansas.
Chris Billingsley November 21, 2011 at 02:12 PM
Thanks Mr. Banks. Although I never saw Clarence Scott play, I am told that while at Trinity, and later at Kansas and Cleveland, he slipped through defenses like a ghost, visible for only a split second and then he was in the end zone. And Larry Morris? What an athlete! Why he is not in the professional football hall of fame is a mystery to me. I would like to acknowledge the efforts of Eddie Fowlkes, former DHS teacher and baseball and cross country coach, along with AD Carter Wilson, who worked to make the DHS Wall of Honor possible.

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