Oct. 11, 2010
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Jim Everett waited for three years to get his first starting opportunity at Purdue, but his patience was rewarded in as memorable a debut as any Boilermaker could ever hope to have.
In the 1984 season-opening Dedication Game of the Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis, Everett led Purdue to a 23-21 upset victory over heavily favored Notre Dame. He accomplished something no other Boilermaker quarterback has ever done, beating Notre Dame, Ohio State and Michigan in the same season. He closed out 1984 and 1985 by beating Indiana and was voted team Most Valuable Player and Purdue Male Athlete of the Year both years.
Despite playing only two full seasons, Everett racked up 7,411 passing yards and 43 touchdowns to rank sixth in Purdue history. He set the school record with seven 300-yard passing games in a season as a senior.
Everett was picked third overall in the 1986 NFL Draft by the Houston Oilers. He went on to a distinguished eight-year career with the Los Angeles Rams, leading the team to the playoffs three times, including an appearance in the 1989 NFC Championship Game. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 1991 and was inducted in the Purdue Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame in 1999.
Everett will be recognized with an on-field presentation during Purdue's Oct. 16 home game vs. Minnesota.
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.