With championship passers such as Len Dawson, Bob Griese and Drew Brees, Purdue University has
a tremendous NFL quarterback legacy
Purdue NFL Quarterback Legacy
The Boilermakers hold a solid claim to the
designation of "Quarterback U"
in the Pro Football
Hall of Fame
Len Dawson
The former Boilermaker QB was drafted
by Pittsburgh with the overall 5th pick of
the 1957 NFL Draft.  After 5 uneventful
seasons with the Steelers and
Cleveland Browns, Dawson joined the
AFL's Dallas Texans/K.C. Chiefs
franchise in 1962.
Following his move to the AFL, Dawson
was a 6x AFL All-Star selection and led
the Chiefs to an incredible Super Bowl
IV win over Minnesota while earning
Super Bowl MVP honors.  Following
Dawson's 19-year pro career the Chiefs
retired his #16 jersey.
Dawson threw for 28,711 yards and
compiled a 239/183 TD/Int ratio.  He
was inducted into the Pro Football Hall
of Fame in 1987.
Bob Griese
After earning All-American honors twice
as a Boilermaker, Griese was selected
with the overall No. 4 pick of the 1967
NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins.  
Griese played all 14 of his pro seasons
with Miami and was a 6x Pro Bowl
selection and 2x Super Bowl Champion
(VII and VIII)
Griese's concluded his NFL career n
1980 and was inducted into the Pro
Football Hall of Fame in 1990.  His pro
career stats saw him pass for 25,092
yards that included a 192/172 TD/Int
ratio.  The Dolphins have retired
Griese's No. 12 jersey and he is also
included on the Dolphins Honor Roll.  
Griese was inducted into the College
Football Hall of Fame in 1984.
Drew Brees
After rewriting Purdue's passing
records and winning the Maxwell Award
in 1990, Brees was drafted by the San
Diego Chargers with the first pick of the
NFL Draft's 2nd round.  Despite Brees
success, the Chargers drafted Phillip
Rivers, Brees was released after being
injured at the end of the 2005 season.  
Brees then signed with the Saints and
helped saved a franchise reeling from
the effects of Hurricane Katrina.  Brees
led the franchise to a Super bowl 46
victory and is a multiple NFL All-Pro
Mike Phipps
After finishing 2nd in the 1969 Heisman
Trophy voting, Phipps was drafted by the
Cleveland Browns with the overall 3rd
pick of the 1970 NFL Draft.  Phipps
played 12 NFL seasons and threw for
10,506 yards and 55 TD's.
Mark Herrmann
After winning BIG 10 MVP honors
finishing 4th in the 1980 Heisman
Trophy voting, Hermann was selected
in the 4th round of the 1981 NFL Draft
by the Denver Broncos.  Hermann
played 12 NFL seasons and threw for
4,015 yards and 16 TD's while playing
for four franchises.
Jim Everett
After leading the NCAA in total
offense in 1985, Everett was drafted
by Houston with the 3rd overall pick
of the 1986 NFL Draft.  Everett
eventually was traded to and signed
with the Rams.  Everett played 12
NFL seasons 8 in Los Angeles
where he led Los Angeles to the
1989 NFC Championship game.
The former Boilermaker totalled 203
TD's and 34,837 yards passing.
Kyle Orton
After becoming the only Purdue QB
to start 4 bowl games, Orton
joined the NFL after being
selected in the 4th round of the
2005 NFL Draft.  Throughout his
pro career, Orton has delivered
strong results while playing for the
Bears, Broncos and Chiefs.  Orton
Joined the Dallas Cowboys for the
2012 season and finished his
career with the Buffalo Bills.
Purdue Super Bowl Champion
Len Dawson
Super Bowl IV
Dawson leads the Chiefs to an upset win over the
Minnesota Vikings
Bob Griese
Super Bowl VII
Griese led the 1972 undefeated Miami Dolphins to a
14-7 win over the Washington Redskins
Bob Griese
Super Bowl VIII
Griese directed the Dolphins to back-to-back Super
Bowl championships with a 24-7 victory over
Drew Brees
Super Bowl XLIV
Brees directed the New Orleans Saints to a 31-17 win
over Peyton Manning's Indianapolis Colts by a 31-17
Purdue Quarterbacks
Heisman Trophy History
These Boilermakers
finished in the top 4
Bob Griese
2nd in 1966
Mike Phipps
2nd in 1969
Mark Hermann
4th in 1980
Drew Brees
4th in 1999
3rd in 2000
Note: RB Leroy Keys finished 2nd
in the 1968 Heisman voting
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Programs with a claim
on Quarterback U.
While Purdue can rightfully
claim the title, fans from
Alabama and Notre Dame
might think otherwise.