Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

James "Monk" Moscrip

James "Monk" Moscrip


  • Position: End
  • School: Stanford
  • High School: Adena, OH (Adena HS)\rSaltsburg, PA (Kiski Prep)
  • Years: 1933-1935
  • Inducted: 1985
  • Place of Birth: Adena, OH
  • Date of Birth: Sep 17, 1913
  • Place of Death: Atherton, CA
  • Date of Death: Oct 11, 1980
  • Jersey Number: 23
  • Height: 6-0
  • Weight: 186

Member Biography

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 final three 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 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. In 1980, Moscrip died of a heart attack at the age of 67, and was survived by his wife and two daughters.