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James Moscrip


James Henderson Moscrip

Inducted 1985

Date of Birth



Adena, OH


Stanford University (1933-1935)


James "Monk" Moscrip, a 6-0, 186-pounder, was born in Adena, Ohio. At Stanford he became a three-year starter for Coach "Tiny" Thornhill and played on the famed "Vow Boys" team - so named for vowing not to lose to Southern California during their varsity years. Moscrip and the Vow Boys kept their promise, beating the Trojans three straight times and compiling a 25-4-2 record over the three seasons. They were the first team ever to play in the Rose Bowl three straight years. Moscrip was the fastest man on the team and regarded as an outstanding offensive and defensive end, as well as a good field goal kicker. He was a second-team All-America in 1933, a first-team pick in 1934 and a consensus choice as a senior. He served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy during World War II and participated in battles at Guadalcanal, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa. He later played pro football with the Detroit Lions for two years after winning a valiant fight against alcohol addiction, Moscrip served as manager of the alcohol rehabilitation center in Woodside, California for nearly 25 years.


Height 6'0

Weight 186

Career Highlights

  • 1935 Consensus All-America
  • 1934 First Team All-America
  • 1933 Second Team All-America
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