Jim Musick

James Andrew Musick (May 5, 1910 – December 15, 1992) was an American football fullback in the National Football League (NFL) for the Boston Redskins from 1932 to 1936 and the Sheriff of Orange County, California from 1947 to 1975. He led the NFL in rushing in 1933.

Jim Musick
Personal information
Born:May 5, 1910
Kirksville, Missouri
Died:December 15, 1992 (aged 82)
Santa Ana, California
Career information
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards:1,313
Player stats at NFL.com

Early life and college career

Jim Musick was born May 5, 1910 in Kirksville, Missouri to a family of some notoriety. Other famous relatives include authors John R. Musick and Ruth Ann Musick, as well as painter Archie Musick. His family moved to Southern California when Jim was a young boy. After attending Santa Ana High School, Musick played college football at the University of Southern California (USC) from 1929 to 1931.

It was at USC he earned the nickname "Sweet" Musick as he helped lead the Trojans to two Rose Bowl victories and a national championship in 1931.[1][2] Musick had 393 carries for 1,605 yards at USC.[2] While at USC Musick even had a brief flirtation with Hollywood, having an uncredited role along with fellow Trojan players and former player John Wayne in the 1932 movie That's My Boy.[3]

Professional career

After graduation from USC in 1932, Musick signed with the Boston Redskins (now the Washington Redskins) where he would play for four seasons. Musick led the NFL in rushing in 1933 with 173 carries for 809 yards, an average of 4.7 yards per carry, along with five touchdowns.[2] For these accomplishments he was named to the 1933 NFL All-Star Team.[2] Musick returned to the Redskins in 1935 only to suffer a season-ending knee injury three weeks into the season. In a bid to earn new contract with more money, Musick refused to report for training camp in 1936. The Redskins would not give into the demands and waived Musick. Picked up off waivers by the Green Bay Packers in 1937 Musick prepared to report for training camp however he reinjured the knee while playing badminton two weeks prior to camp, effectively ending his NFL career.[2]

Sheriff's Deputy

While still a professional football player, Jim Musick began working in the offseason as a deputy for the Orange County Sheriff's Department, which was headquartered in his hometown of Santa Ana, California. After retirement from the NFL, Musick took up law enforcement full-time, except for a period during World War II when he served as a US Marine officer.[2]

Sheriff of Orange County, California

In 1946, Musick won election to the first of seven consecutive terms as Orange County Sheriff, remaining at the post until deciding not to seek re-election in 1974.[2]

Musick died December 15, 1992 at a nursing home in his hometown of Santa Ana, California.


  • Named to the 1933 National Football League All-Star team.
  • Inducted into the Orange County Sports Hall of Fame in 1986.[2]
  • The James A. Musick Facility, part of the Orange County Sheriff's Department, is named for him.
  • 2016 La Cita member guest champion! (Upon winning this prestigious award, he ran to hole 8 and carved his name in the infamous tree behind the green with trophy in hand.)


  1. ^ "James A. Musick; Football Player, 82". 18 December 1992 – via www.nytimes.com.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h http://www.profootballresearchers.org/Coffin_Corner/08-05-268.pdf
  3. ^ "That's My Boy (1932)" – via www.imdb.com.

External links

1933 All-Pro Team

The 1933 All-Pro Team consisted of American football players chosen by various selectors for the All-Pro team of the National Football League (NFL) for the 1933 NFL season. Teams were selected by, among others, the NFL coaches (NFL), the United Press, Red Grange for Collyer's Eye (CE), and the Green Bay Press-Gazette (GB).

1933 NFL season

The 1933 NFL season was the 14th regular season of the National Football League. Because of the success of the 1932 NFL Playoff Game, the league divided its teams into two divisions for the first time, with the winners of each division playing in a championship game to determine the NFL champion. Three new teams also joined the league: the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Philadelphia Eagles, and the Cincinnati Reds. Also, the Boston Braves changed their name to the Boston Redskins and the Staten Island Stapletons, while still scheduling games against league teams, left the league.

The season ended when the Chicago Bears defeated the New York Giants in the first ever NFL Championship Game.

Active 20-30 Club

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Dale Waters

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Kirksville, Missouri

Kirksville is a city in and the county seat of Adair County, Missouri, United States. Located in the Benton Township, its population was 17,505 at the 2010 census. Kirksville is home to two colleges: Truman State University and A.T. Still University.

List of National Football League records (individual)

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List of National Football League rushing champions

In American football, running (also referred to as rushing) is, along with passing, one of the two main methods of advancing the ball down the field. A running play generally occurs when the quarterback hands or tosses the ball backwards to the running back, but other players, such as the quarterback, can run with the ball. In the National Football League (NFL), the player who has recorded the most rushing yards for a season is considered the winner of the rushing title for that season. In addition to the NFL rushing champion, league record books recognize the rushing champions of the American Football League (AFL), which operated from 1960 to 1969 before being absorbed into the National Football League in 1970.The NFL did not begin keeping official records until the 1932 season. The average amount of yardage the rushing champion has gained has increased over time—since the adoption of the 14-game season in 1961, all but two rushing champions have recorded over 1,000 yards rushing, and the adoption of the 16-game season in 1978 has resulted in many rushing champions recording over 1,500 rushing yards. Seven rushing champions have recorded over 2,000 rushing yards, a feat first accomplished by O. J. Simpson in 1973 and most recently accomplished by Adrian Peterson in 2012.

The player with the most rushing titles is Jim Brown, who was the rushing champion eight times over his career. Eric Dickerson, Emmitt Smith, O. J. Simpson, Steve Van Buren, and Barry Sanders are tied for the second-most rushing titles, each having won four times. Jim Brown also holds the record for the most consecutive rushing titles with five, having led the league in rushing each year from 1957 to 1961. Steve Van Buren, Emmitt Smith, and Earl Campbell each recorded three consecutive rushing titles. The Cleveland Browns have recorded the most rushing titles with eleven; the Dallas Cowboys rank second, with seven rushing titles. The most recent rushing champion is Ezekiel Elliott of the Dallas Cowboys, who led the league with 1,434 yards rushing over the 2018 season.

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List of Washington Redskins players

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List of people from Missouri

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