Most high school football players only think about the next play, or their next opponent.
Morristown-Beard’s Alex Motley is not like most football players.
He might not be like any player, anywhere.
How many high school athletes think about where they might be 40 years down the road? Not many.
Motley does — and that is why he chose to attend Yale. He’ll still play football, but he plans to be successful in the business world.
“I am a student-athlete,” said Motley, a 6-foot-5, 289-pound lineman. “I work my butt off on the field and off of it. I just couldn’t pass up that kind of opportunity at an Ivy League school. I could have played at a better football school, but I’m thinking about 40 years down the road. Yale is a great school and I want to get a great job someday.”
Motley’s mother is a Seton Hall University graduate and works with Ivy League graduates in the corporate world, which greatly influenced Alex’s decision. Virginia, Villanova, Harvard and Yale were the schools that most actively recruited Motley, who was also talking with Penn State and Rutgers.
But in the end, the Orange resident thought about the big picture, not the bigger program.
“My mom and who she works definitely had a great influence on me,” he said.
Motley and teammate Markel Titus will line up alongside one another, giving the Crimson two of the best two-way linemen in Morris County this fall, and two of the best the school has ever had.
They are both certainly the best 1-2 punch Morristown-Beard has ever had in the trenches.
“Martel’s best football is in front of him,” Fell said. “He’s got long arms and great feet. He went to camps and college coaches said, ‘We like what we saw.’ He is a significant factor on both sides of the ball.”
Motley tweaked a knee during an early scrimmage against Kinnelon and was limping around for much of training camp. Motley, a distant relative of deceased former NFL great Marion Motley, hopes to be back in time for Week 3 at home against Hanover Park.
He wants to return at peak efficiency and doesn’t want to risk reinjuring his knee.
“When I got injured, that’s the thing that hurt me the most, watching my teammates play without me,” he said. “Football is my motivation for life. It’s why I get out of bed. But I’ll be back. It’s just a setback.”
Titus has great size and strength and excellent quickness. The 6-foot-3, 262-pound Morristown resident is being recruited by Central Connecticut, Buffalo, Wagner, Stony Brook, and Patriot League schools.
“We’re going to run people down,” Motley promised. “Markel and I want to get it done. We have been playing alongside one another for the last three years. I’m looking for a big senior year. Now I have to just get back on the field. We want to show Morris County and the state what we can do.”