Clarence Scott, former athletic phenom at Decatur’s all-black Trinity High, shown here during his induction into the state of Kansas’ Hall of Fame last weekend. Courtesy of Greg White

Decatur football legend Scott inducted into Kansas Hall of Fame

Decatur legend Clarence Scott was inducted into the state of Kansas’ Hall of Fame last weekend. Scott played at Kansas State in the late 1960s, finishing his college career with 173 tackles, including 72 assisted and 29 for loss, and 12 interceptions (five in 1968). He was twice an All-Big Eight selection, a starter on the 1969 Bob Hope All-America team and a first-team All-America in 1970.

A 1971 first-round pick of the original Cleveland Browns, Brown spent 13 years with that organization, mostly as a cornerback, and was a 1973 Pro Bowl selectee.

Before all that, however, he was a multi-sport phenom at the old Trinity High, where he was also valedictorian of his senior class. He was a wide receiver on Trinity’s 1965 state champions in the Class A Georgia Interscholastic Association of all-black schools—the last year that Decatur schools were segregated.

Scott, who now lives in Stone Mountain, still occasionally attends Decatur High games, usually wearing a Cleveland Browns jersey and sometimes carrying his well-thumbed 1965 Trinity High yearbook.

He is no stranger to Hall of Fames. He’s a member of the Browns Ring of Honor, the K-State Athletics Hall of Fame, the Decatur High Wall of Honor, the Atlanta Sports Hall of Fame (elected 2016) and the state of Georgia Hall of Fame (1999).

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