Nov. 22, 2010
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Mike Phipps came to West Lafayette and made history by 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.
In the midst of a stretch in which the Boilermakers posted a three-year record of 24-6, Phipps led them to a No. 1 national ranking in 1968. A year later, Phipps reaped team and Big Ten MVP honors and was runner-up for the Heisman Trophy. In a game at TCU, Phipps became the first player in school history to rush for more than 100 yards (104) and pass for more than 200 yards (286). He finished the season with 2,527 passing yards and 23 touchdowns, both school records at the time.
Phipps ranks seventh in school history with 37 career touchdowns and eighth with 5,423 passing yards. He was named a Rhodes Scholar following his senior year when he was also selected by the Cleveland Browns with the third-overall pick in the 1970 NFL Draft. He passed up the scholarship offer and enjoyed a 12-year professional career with the Browns and Chicago Bears.
He was inducted into the Purdue Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame in 1995 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006.
Phipps will be recognized 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 has been 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.