Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Donn Moomaw

Donn Moomaw


  • Position: Center
  • School: UCLA
  • High School: Santa Ana, CA (Santa Ana HS)
  • Years: 1950-1952
  • Inducted: 1973
  • Place of Birth: Santa Ana, CA
  • Date of Birth: Oct 15, 1931
  • Jersey Number: 80
  • Height: 6-4
  • Weight: 220

Member Biography

Long after Donn Moomaw left the gridiron at the University of California-Los Angeles, the Presbyterian minister might have been heard preaching a sermon entitled, "Whither Thou Goest I Shall Go." It would have been a familiar theme to the greatest center-linebacker in UCLA football history, because Moomaw was a ball-hawk noted for his ability to diagnose play development. At the time, his 11 career pass interceptions tied him with Bob Waterfield on UCLA's all-time interception list. At 6-4 and 220 pounds, Moomaw was strong, rangy and agile to perfection. Like a submarine commander, Moomaw stalked enemy ball-carriers and downed them with torpedo- like tackling thrusts. His finest season came when he was a senior in 1952. His defensive prowess paced the Bruins to an 8-1 record, the campaign marred only by a bitter 14-12 loss to arch rival Southern California in a game which decided the Pacific Coast Conference title. Moomaw's personal acclaim skyrocketed. The Associated Press and United Press International selected Moomaw as the nation's Lineman of the Year, and he was named MVP in the North-South All-Star Game in Miami. Following a successful professional career in the Canadian Football League, Moomaw completed his theological studies and became a Presbyterian minister.