Nov. 15, 2010
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Among Boilermaker football icons, Bob Griese is synonymous with greatness - the ultimate winner.
He may be most remembered as the quarterback of the only NFL team to finish with a perfect record (the 1972 Miami Dolphins), but Griese began his ascent to legendary status by producing three consecutive winning seasons at Purdue. The stretch included a 25-21 upset of top-ranked Notre Dame in 1965 and a 14-13 victory over USC in the Boilermakers' first-ever Rose Bowl appearance the following year.
Griese also performed punting and kicking duties, and it wasn't uncommon for him to account for all of the Boilermakers' points in a game. He was voted All-American and team MVP twice and was the Heisman Trophy runner-up as a senior. He still ranks 10th in school history with 4,541 passing yards and 28 touchdowns.
After 13 years in the NFL, Griese moved to the broadcast booth to become one of the leading commentators in America, working nearly 30 years for ABC and ESPN. He is the only Boilermaker alumnus to be a member of the Purdue Intercollegiate Athletics, College Football and Pro Football halls of fame, and, in 1987, he was voted the All-Time Quarterback for the first 100 years of Purdue football.
Griese will be recognized in absentia during Purdue's Nov. 27 home game vs. Indiana.
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.