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).