Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Philip King

Philip King


  • Position: Quarterback
  • School: Princeton
  • High School: Washington, DC (Emerson HS)
  • Years: 1890-1893
  • Inducted: 1962
  • Place of Birth: Washington, DC
  • Date of Birth: Mar 16, 1872
  • Place of Death: Washington, DC
  • Date of Death: Jan 07, 1938
  • Height: 5-6
  • Weight: 154

Member Biography

Eleven Touchdowns in a single game! Surely that feat had to be the work of Red Grange of Illinois or another player of legendary proportions. It was not! It was the work of freshman Phil King of Princeton, who accomplished this deed in an 85-0 victory over Columbia during the 1890 season. The touchdown was worth five points in those days, but the yardage came just as it does today. However, King's performance against Columbia was merely a preview of things to come. His four-year career as quarterback of the Orange and Black would include 50 touchdowns and 56 conversion kicks. He was a fireplug back, hardly a giant at 5-6 but surprisingly powerful at 154 pounds. He had deceptive speed and was a cunning runner when it came to carrying the football. He captained the 1892 Tigers through a 12-2-0 season, then did most of the coaching the following year when Princeton proved perfect in 11 games. Princeton went 46-4-1 while King wore the uniform as a two-time Tiger All-American. He was head coach at Wisconsin 1896-1902 and again in 1905 and had a 65-11-1 record. He practiced law in Madison, Wisconsin, then in Washington, D.C.