Dec. 13, 2010
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The "Cradle of Quarterbacks" continues to live up to its name.
Through games of yesterday, Purdue quarterbacks who have gone on to the National Football League now have passed for more yards than any other school.
According to information kept by playerfilter.com, Purdue signal-callers have amassed 167,412 passing yards, ahead of Notre Dame with 167,185 yards. Amazingly, the Boilermakers have reached their total with 700 fewer passing attempts (23,539-24,239).
Jim Everett is the Purdue leader with 34,837 yards, but Drew Brees is on the verge of surpassing him with 34,501 yards. Len Dawson (28,711), Bob Griese (25,092), Gary Danielson (13,764) and Kyle Orton (12,774) round out the top six.
Purdue also is tops in completions (13,664) and completion percentage (.580) and ranks second to Notre Dame in touchdown passes (1,121 to 1,107).
The Boilermakers have three alums presently playing for pay - Brees, Orton and Curtis Painter - while the Fighting Irish have two - Jimmy Clausen and Brady Quinn.