Nov. 1, 2010
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Mark Herrmann did not just advance the tradition of Purdue as the "Cradle of Quarterbacks," he torched the record books, lifting the position of quarterback to an unprecedented level.
Herrmann was a unanimous first team All-American and the Big Ten Most Valuable Player in 1980 and is one of only three Boilermaker quarterbacks to have started three (or more) consecutive bowl games. He is the only one to have won three, earning MVP honors in the 1978 Peach, 1979 Bluebonnet and 1980 Liberty bowls.
His greatest legacy might have been becoming the first college quarterback to throw for 8,000 yards. It might have been, had he not subsequently become the first to reach 9,000, finishing his career with 9,946 yards, along with (at the time) a school-record 71 touchdown passes.
Herrmann played 11 seasons in the NFL and was inducted into the Purdue Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame in 1997 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 2010.
Herrmann will be recognized during Purdue's Nov. 6 home game vs. Wisconsin.
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.