Sept. 6, 2010
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Every cradle starts with a father and, for the "Cradle of Quarterbacks," it is Bob DeMoss.
The first modern-day quarterback in Purdue history, DeMoss immediately made his mark. He started his freshman season with five straight wins, capping the streak with 35-13 upset of fourth-ranked Ohio State in Columbus on Oct. 20, 1945.
DeMoss passed for 2,759 yards and 23 touchdowns during his career and then, like all good fathers, passed on his legacy to future generations.
As an assistant and, ultimately, head coach of the Boilermakers, DeMoss recruited and coached many other great Purdue signal-callers, such as Dale Samuels, Len Dawson, Bob Griese, Mike Phipps and Gary Danielson.
Later a longtime athletics department administrator, DeMoss has spent his entire adult life in West Lafayette, supporting the Old Gold and Black. He was inducted in the Purdue Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame in 1999.
DeMoss will be recognized with an on-field presentation during Purdue's Sept. 11 home game vs. Western Illinois.
In recognition of its "Cradle of Quarterbacks" heritage and with help from thousands of on-line voters this spring, Purdue's Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, in conjunction with "Gold & Black Illustrated" and the Office of Trademark Licensing, has selected Purdue's top 12 quarterbacks of all-time from a list of 31 multiple-time starters.
A different quarterback will be highlighted each week during the 2010 season. Several will appear on campus during the fall and will be honored at President's Council pregame programs and during games.