Remembering Waterloo High School Legend Jerry Moses
When people talk about the glory days of football at Waterloo East High School, the conversation about the unbeaten teams of the late 1960s and early 1970s usually stirs memories of the great Jerry Moses.
The Iowa prep legend and East High Hall-of-Fame member died Tuesday morning (Nov. 29, 2016). Moses was 65. The school held a moment of silence before the boys basketball game against Waverly-Shell Rock later in the evening.
Considered to be one of the greatest all-time prep football players in Iowa, Moses tore up the gridiron as a running back for the Trojans in 1968 and 1969. He rushed for 56 career touchdowns and was named to the first-team All-State squad each of the two seasons he played.
Nearly a half-century after his high school career ended, Moses' name can still be found in the Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) record book. As a senior, he ran for what was then a single-season state-record 37 touchdowns in 1969. The record included a 96-yard TD in a 98-6 win over Newton, a scoring run that remains the longest in school history.
Moses was a star at East during the Trojans' record-setting 56-game non-losing streak, which began with a tie late in the 1965 season and ended with the first game of 1972. He was named a high school All-American and was one of the most-highly recruited athletes in the country in 1969.
Moses accepted a scholarship offer to play football at Iowa State, but his collegiate career was cut short by injuries.
In 2013, the Des Moines Register selected the Waterloo high school legend as one of Iowa's all-time greatest male athletes. The newspaper placed him fifth on a list behind Nile Kinnick, Bob Feller, Gary Thompson and fellow Waterloo native Dan Gable.
Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.