Alf E. Brandin captained one of the greatest Kiski football teams of all time in 1931, and went on to play in three Rose Bowls for Stanford University. That alone would have been remarkable enough, but what made his career even more exceptional were the teammates with whom he played in those Rose Bowls.
The Stanford class of 1936 included not one, but three outstanding stars: Alf Brandin, Bones Hamilton, and Monk Moscrip. They were called "The Vow Boys" and they earned a special place in football history because they swore they would never let their alma mater lose to her arch-rival USC, and they never did.
But perhaps the most surprising thing of all about these legends was the fact that all three were Kiski boys.
Alf Brandin went on to serve as a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy during World War II, then returned to work at Stanford, where he bacame Vice President of Business Affairs for the University and a Member of the Board of Overseers for the Hoover Institution. He was voted a member of the Sports Illustrated Silver Anniversary Football Team for his lifetime achievements after the gridiron.