I am Decatur #19

Clarence Scott-1

Clarence Scott’s passion for football began in elementary school, before he had even attended a game. On Saturday mornings he would listen to the older guys in his neighborhood talk, with great admiration, about the high school football players who had played the night before. This sparked a fire in him. “I developed within me something that I could reach for, and it turned out to be a real good life.”

In 1965, Clarence and his teammates at Trinity High, Decatur’s all-black high school, made football history. They played an undefeated season and won their first-ever state championship for the school. “It was a tremendous accomplishment. Our school gave us jackets that had our names and State Championship emblem on it. In fact, my father wore my jacket until he wore it out.”

Clarence would go on to have an illustrious career in football, playing four years at Kansas State University and 13 years in the NFL with the Cleveland Browns. Despite his fame, Clarence has never forgotten where the seeds for his success were planted. “Everything comes back to the community. I was born and raised in Decatur. I am most proud of the community that brought me up and taught me how to live life in a meaningful way.”

In 1968, as a result of integration, Trinity merged with Decatur High School. In 2013, Carter Wilson, the Decatur High School Athletic Director, and the Booster Club, presented Clarence and his Trinity teammates with the championship rings they had earned 48 years before. Clarence recalls, “It was exciting. It was something that we previously had not been able to do. It happened, and I know it was in God’s timing. We’re just thankful and grateful that it did occur.”

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