A Tribute to Hap Moran
Six feet one inch tall and 190 pounds, Hap Moran was the Grinnell College backfield star in the 1924 and 1925 football seasons. He was also a first team All Missouri Valley forward in basketball in 1925-26. On the gridiron, he was an outstanding ball carrier, kicker and passer. His favorite Pioneer receiving target was speedster Morgan Taylor, who became Grinnell College’s three time medal winner including gold in the 1924 Olympics. He went on to a record breaking 8 year National Football League career. It is probable that Morgan Taylor and Hap Moran are the two greatest Grinnell College athletes ever given they proved it not only in Iowa but on the national collegiate and professional stage and in Taylor’s case the international stage.
Hap Moran’s 91 yard record rush from scrimmage in 1930 against the Green Bay Packers while playing for the New York Giants was not broken by a Giant player until 2005. He was a featured guest on ESPN with Bryant Gumble on Hap’s 91st birthday to commemorate the record breaking 91 yard run and footage of his play was shown to a national television audience. John K. Mara, president and CEO of the New York Giants, wrote a letter in 2016 and confirmed the former Grinnell star’s NFL career with the Giants. When Hap Moran signed a player contract with the New York Giants it was with founder and owner, Tim Mara, grandfather of current owner John K. Mara.
After professional football, Hap Moran held executive positions with the U.S. Department of Treasury, Shell Oil and Western Electric while living and working in New York City and raising his family there. He remains the only Grinnell College player in their football history to have sustained a productive, long term career in the National Football League (NFL).