May 16, 2006
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Former Purdue All-America quarterback Mike Phipps has been elected to the College Football Hall of Fame.
The Class of 2006 was announced this morning at the Marriott Marquis in New York City. It includes 13 players and two coaches. The class was selected from a national ballot of 77 candidates and a pool of hundreds of eligible nominees.
Phipps, who played for Hall of Fame head coach Jack Mollenkopf from 1967 to 1969, is the 11th Boilermaker (seven players and four coaches) to be elected to the Hall of Fame. Phipps is the first Purdue player to be inducted since Leroy Keyes in 1990. Coach Jim Young was enshrined in 1999.
"When I got the call from the National Football Foundation, I was overwhelmed," Phipps said. "I got chills. I am thrilled for myself and my family, and also for Purdue University. I know it's been quite a while since a former Purdue player was chosen to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, so I am very honored and happy that this has happened. It's a great honor."
Taking over for fellow Hall of Fame quarterback Bob Griese, Phipps led the Boilermakers to three consecutive 8-2 seasons, establishing himself as the winningest quarterback in school history at the time. Purdue shared the 1967 Big Ten championship and was ranked ninth in the final Associated Press national poll.
In 1969, Phipps was a unanimous All-America selection and finished runner-up in the Heisman Trophy balloting, with Oklahoma's Steve Owens winning by merely 154 votes. Phipps set school records with 2,527 passing yards and 23 touchdowns that year, while also rushing for eight touchdowns.
Phipps gave a clear indication of what was to come his senior season in the opener at TCU on Sept. 20, when he became the first player in school history to rush for more than 100 yards (104) and pass for more than 200 yards (286). His five total touchdowns led to a 42-35 victory. That performance was a preview of several outstanding games, including a 429-yard, five-touchdown passing day against 17th-ranked Stanford on Oct. 4 and a four-touchdown effort at intrastate rival Indiana on Nov. 22.
Twice named first team All-Big Ten (1967 and 1969), Phipps was selected first team Academic All-American in 1969 and was the recipient of a prestigious Rhodes scholarship. He played in the 1969 North-South Shrine Game and the 1970 Hula Bowl.
Phipps is well known for becoming the first quarterback ever to beat Notre Dame three straight years, and he accomplished the feat when the Fighting Irish were ranked No. 1, No. 2 and No. 9 nationally. The Boilermakers won those games by scores of 28-21 in West Lafayette, 37-22 in South Bend and 28-14 in West Lafayette.
More than 30 years after taking his last collegiate snap from center, Phipps' name still appears prominently in the Purdue record book. He ranks sixth in career touchdown passes (37) and seventh in career passing yards (5,423).
"When I got the call from the National Football Foundation, I was overwhelmed. I got chills. I am thrilled for myself and my family, and also for Purdue University ... It's a great honor."
Selected by the Cleveland Browns with the third-overall pick in the 1970 NFL Draft, Phipps enjoyed a 12-year professional career with the Browns (1970-76) and Chicago Bears (1977-81). He amassed 10,506 passing yards with 55 touchdown passes.
Phipps, a native of Columbus, Ind., who now makes his home in Lighthouse Point, Fla., was inducted into the Purdue Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame in 1995. He donates his time as a volunteer high school football coach and is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
The Class of 2006 will be inducted at the 49th-annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 5, 2006, at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City and will be enshrined at the Hall of Fame in South Bend, Ind., in the summer of 2007.
Two other former Boilermakers, halfback Otis Armstrong (1970-72) and quarterback Mark Herrmann (1977-80), were on the ballot.
College Football Hall of Fame Class Of 2006
Bobby Anderson, RB, Colorado, 1967-69
Bennie Blades, DB, Miami (Fla.), 1985-87
Carl Eller, T, Minnesota, 1961-63
Steve Emtman, DL, Washington, 1989-91
Thomas Everett, FS, Baylor, 1983-86
Chad Hennings, DT, Air Force, 1984-87
Chip Kell, OG, Tennessee, 1968-70
Mike Phipps, QB, Purdue, 1967-69
Mike Rozier, RB, Nebraska, 1981-83
Jeff Siemon, LB, Stanford, 1968-71
Bruce Smith, DT, Virginia Tech, 1981-84
Emmitt Smith, RB, Florida, 1987-89
Charlie Ward, QB, Florida State, 1989, 1991-93
Bobby Bowden, Coach, Samford, 1959-62; West Virginia, 1970-75; Florida State, 1976-present
Joe Paterno, Coach, Penn State, 1966-present
Phipps' Purdue Statistics
Year Att. Comp. Pct. Yards TD Int.
1967 243 118 .486 1,800 11 7
1968 169 88 .521 1,096 3 9
1969 321 169 .526 2,527 23 18
Totals 733 375 .512 5,423 37 34
Year Att. Yards Avg. TD Long
1967 86 220 2.6 1 17
1968 57 22 0.4 0 18
1969 97 218 2.2 8 28
Totals 240 460 1.9 9 28Purdue College Football Hall of Famers
Name, Position At Purdue Inducted Elmer Oliphant, HB 1911-13 1955 Alex Agase, OL 1943 1963 Cecil Isbell, HB 1935-37 1967 Bob Griese, QB 1964-66 1984 Chalmers "Bump" Elliott, HB 1943-44 1989 Leroy Keyes, HB 1966-68 1990 Mike Phipps, QB 1967-69 2006
Coach At Purdue Inducted Andy L. Smith 1913-15 1951 James Phelan 1922-29 1973 Jack Mollenkopf 1956-69 1988 Jim Young 1977-81 1999