Jim Everett

James Samuel Everett III (born January 3, 1963) is a former professional American football quarterback who played for twelve seasons in the National Football League (NFL).

Everett attended Purdue University and was selected as the third pick in the first round of the 1986 NFL Draft by the Houston Oilers, as the first quarterback taken that year. Unable to work out a contract agreement with Everett, the Oilers traded his rights to the Los Angeles Rams, with whom Everett played from 1986 to 1993. He then played with the New Orleans Saints from 1994 to 1996 and ended his career with a stint with the San Diego Chargers in 1997.

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Personal information
Born:January 3, 1963 (age 56)
Emporia, Kansas
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:212 lb (96 kg)
Career information
High school:Albuquerque (NM) Eldorado
NFL Draft:1986 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Passing yards:34,837
QB Rating:78.6
Player stats at NFL.com

College career

Purdue University recruited Everett out of Eldorado High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico, which he led, in the 1980 season, to the school's only state championship. In addition to quarterbacking the team, he played defense as a safety.

Recruited to play either safety or quarterback, he was soon slotted into the quarterback role where he narrowly missed out on being a four-year starter at Purdue, as a game-day decision before his first game as a freshman led to Scott Campbell getting the nod over Everett. Campbell held off Everett for three years, one of which Everett was able to redshirt to gain an extra year of eligibility. Upon Campbell's graduation to a seven-year career in the NFL, Everett took over the reins of the pass-oriented Boilermaker offense.

As a junior, Everett led the Boilermakers to the 1984 Peach Bowl, where he passed for 253 yards and three touchdowns. Purdue lost the game to Virginia, quarterbacked by future Green Bay Packer Don Majkowski, 27–24.[1] Everett is also the only Purdue quarterback to ever beat Michigan, Notre Dame, and Ohio State all in the same season.

During the 1985 season, Everett led the NCAA in total offense (3,589 yards), which at the time was a school record (since broken by fellow Purdue alum Drew Brees). He finished sixth in balloting for the 1985 Heisman Trophy.[2]

Everett earned regular membership on the Distinguished Students list at Purdue, and graduated with a degree in industrial management. During his time at Purdue, Everett regularly tutored fellow Purdue athletes in courses such as calculus and statistical analysis. He was also initiated into the Sigma Chi fraternity during his time as an undergraduate. During his senior year, he was awarded the Big Ten Medal of Honor in recognition of his athletic and academic achievements.[3]

  • 1984: 3,256 yards with 18 TD vs 16 INT in 11 games
  • 1985: 3,651 yards with 23 TD vs 11 INT in 11 games

NFL career

Everett had a productive NFL career, especially with the Rams, where he was a statistical leader in several passing categories. His Rams teams were successful early in his career, earning playoff berths in 1986, 1988, and 1989, despite never reaching the Super Bowl. However, he continued to produce fine statistics, and was rewarded with a trip to the 1991 Pro Bowl game, played in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Despite productive years with the Rams, 1989 marked his final playoff season in his NFL career. Starting in 1990, the Rams began to trade or release players due to financial concerns. (As an example, LeRoy Irvin spent his final season with the Lions. Meanwhile, Greg Bell, who had been the team's starting running back, spent 1990 across town.) After winning 13 games in 1989 (including 2 playoff wins), the Rams won 19 games from 1990-93 combined (5 in 1990, 3 in 1991, 6 in 1992, 5 in 1993).

The 1993 season was a low point in Everett's career. He played in only ten games but managed to throw twelve interceptions. He only threw eight touchdown passes, tying the lowest yearly total of his career and matching his rookie total when he only played in six games. Around mid-season, Rams coach Chuck Knox benched him for T. J. Rubley.[4]

The Rams traded Everett to the Saints in March 1994. In return, the Los Angeles Times reported, Los Angeles received "a seventh-round pick in the 1995 draft".[5]

In three years with the Saints, and by benefiting from receivers such as Quinn Early and former Falcon receiver Michael Haynes and former Bear fullback Brad Muster in the backfield, he threw 22, 26, and 12 touchdowns. However, despite improved performances from Everett, the team finished 7–9, 7–9, and 3–13 in those three years, respectively. The Saints, like many other NFL teams, released or traded core players when the NFL's salary cap took effect around the time Everett arrived in New Orleans. The Dome Patrol defense had largely been dismantled by 1994. Only Sam Mills remained on the Saints' roster by 1994; and, even at that, that would be Mills' final season, as he departed for the expansion Carolina Panthers the following year. Further, running backs Dalton Hilliard and Craig Heyward had both left the Saints by 1994.

Everett signed with the Chargers in June 1997.[6] In his first start for San Diego, he defeated the Saints, 20–6, in his return to the Superdome.[7] 1997 was his final season in the NFL.

Over his career, Everett performed well enough to be among league leaders in several passing categories. His 203 touchdown passes rank 25th all-time, and his 34,837 passing yards are good enough for 14th all-time. He also ranks 15th all-time in completions and 16th all-time in pass attempts. On a year-to-year basis, he was among the top ten league leaders in the following categories: pass attempts (seven times), completions (eight times), pass yards (seven times), and passing touchdowns (six, including leading the league twice).

Everett's two postseason victories (both in 1989) tied him with Vince Ferragamo, James Harris, and Norm Van Brocklin for second-most playoff victories during the Rams' first stint in Los Angeles (as of 2018, it is now the third-most). Only Vince Ferragamo had more wins (three) during the Rams' 49-year stint in Los Angeles. Kurt Warner's five playoff victories during the Rams' years in St. Louis has since superseded Ferragamo's record.

Jim Rome altercation

Following the 1989 regular season, Everett was reportedly "shellshocked" from the numerous times he was sacked and hit in the NFC Championship Game against the San Francisco 49ers (the 49ers won, 30–3). At one point in the game, Everett was so rattled that he collapsed to the ground in the pocket in anticipation of a sack, even though the 49ers' defensive players had not yet reached him[8] – a play now known as Everett's "phantom sack".[9]

His struggle eventually led to a confrontation in 1994 with then-Talk2 host Jim Rome. Rome had regularly mocked Everett's aversion to taking hits on the field, mockingly referring to him as "Chris" Everett (a reference to female tennis player Chris Evert). When Everett appeared as a guest on Talk2, Rome wasted no time, applying the insult twice within the show's first 30 seconds. Everett warned Rome not to do so again, implying that physical confrontation would ensue otherwise. When Rome did, Everett overturned the table between them and shoved Rome to the floor while still on the air. Their confrontation resulted in no legal action and Rome was not injured.

In a 2012 interview with Deadspin, Everett stated that "a large burger franchise" wanted to use the footage in an ad. Everett agreed, but Rome did not, blocking the deal.[10]


After his NFL career ended, Everett settled in southern California. He received an MBA degree from Pepperdine University and started his own asset management business.[11]

See also


  1. ^ "Purdue Boilermakers Bowl Bound". Retrieved September 24, 2009.
  2. ^ "1985 Heisman Trophy Voting". Archived from the original on October 10, 2011. Retrieved October 2, 2011.
  3. ^ "CONFERENCE MEDAL OF HONOR WINNERS" (PDF). cstv.com. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
  4. ^ Barry Baum, "With Everett Struggling, Rubley Becomes the Man", The Washington Post, November 22, 1993
  5. ^ Mike Reilley, "Rams Trade Longtime QB Everett to the Saints", Los Angeles Times, March 19, 1994
  6. ^ "Chargers Sign Everett", New York Times, June 4, 1997
  7. ^ "Jim Everett: Game Logs at NFL.com". www.nfl.com. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
  8. ^ "1990 NFC Championship Game LA Rams 13-5 at San Francisco 49ers 15-2". Retrieved April 18, 2018 – via YouTube. Play occurs on a third-and-ten with about four minutes left in the third quarter
  9. ^ Sylvester, Curt (January 15, 1990). "San Francisco routs Rams, looks unbeatable". Detroit Free Press. p. 35. Retrieved April 18, 2018 – via newspapers.com.
  10. ^ Dickey, Jack. "An Interview With Jim Everett About "Teeny, Tiny" Jim Rome's Departure From ESPN". Deadspin. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
  11. ^ "Jim Everett Company". Retrieved September 24, 2009.

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1984 Big Ten Conference football season

The 1984 Big Ten Conference football season was the 89th season of college football played by the member schools of the Big Ten Conference and was a part of the 1984 NCAA Division I-A football season.

The 1984 Ohio State Buckeyes football team, under head coach Earle Bruce, compiled a 9–3 record, won the Big Ten championship, led the conference in scoring offense (32.6 points per game), lost the 1985 Rose Bowl to USC, and was ranked No. 13 in the final AP poll. Running back Keith Byars set a Big Ten record with 1,764 rushing yards, won the Chicago Tribune Silver Football as the Big Ten's most valuable player, was selected as a consensus All-American, and finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting. Offensive guard Jim Lachey was also selected as a consensus All-American.

The 1984 Iowa Hawkeyes football team, under head coach Hayden Fry, compiled an 8–4–1 record, led the conference in scoring defense (15.5 points allowed per game), defeated Texas in the 1984 Freedom Bowl, and was ranked No. 15 in the final UPI poll. Linebacker Larry Station was a consensus All-American. Chuck Long was the first-team All-Big Ten quarterback and led the conference with a 156.4 passing efficiency rating, and Ronnie Harmon was a first-team All-Big Ten running back.

The 1984 Illinois Fighting Illini football team, under head coach Mike White, compiled a 7–3 record and finished in a tie for second place in the Big Ten. Wide receiver David Williams set Big Ten records with 101 receptions and 1,278 receiving yards and was a consensus All-American.

The 1984 Purdue Boilermakers football team compiled a 7–5 record, tied with Illinois for second place in the Big Ten, and lost to Virginia in the 1984 Peach Bowl. Leon Burtnett was named Big Ten Coach of the Year, and quarterback Jim Everett led the conference with 3,256 passing yards.

Six Big Ten teams played in bowl games, compiling a 1–5 record in those games.

1984 Peach Bowl

The 1984 Peach Bowl featured the Purdue Boilermakers of the Big Ten against the Virginia Cavaliers of the ACC. Virginia defeated Purdue 27-24 in the first bowl game in school history.

Purdue jumped out to a 24-14 halftime lead, but Virginia scored the only points of the second half with a touchdown and two field goals in order to pull out the win. Purdue quarterback Jim Everett passed for 253 yards and three touchdowns, but the Boilermakers gained just 75 yards rushing and committed four turnovers in their first bowl loss. Purdue finished the season 7-5 and tied for second place in the Big Ten. Virginia finished 8-2-2.

1984 Purdue Boilermakers football team

The 1984 Purdue Boilermakers football team represented Purdue University during the 1984 Big Ten Conference football season. It was the first time in school history that the Boilermakers defeated Notre Dame, Ohio State and Michigan in the same season.

1985 All-Big Ten Conference football team

The 1985 All-Big Ten Conference football team consists of American football players chosen as All-Big Ten Conference players for the 1985 Big Ten Conference football season.

Running back Lorenzo White and linebacker Larry Station were the only players unanimously selected as first-team players on all 20 ballots submitted by the members of the Associated Press (AP) media panel. Defensive end Mike Hammerstein followed with 19 first-team votes. In the UPI balloting among conference coaches, Illinois wide receiver David Williams received the most votes, having been named to the first team by nine of the conference's ten coaches. In the UPI voting, Iowa's Chuck Long edged Jim Everett by one vote for the first-team quarterback position.The Iowa Hawkeyes won the Big Ten championship and led the conference with eight first-team players, including quarterback Chuck Long and linebacker Larry Station. The Michigan Wolverines led the nation in scoring defense and placed six players on the first-team units, including defensive linemen Mike Hammerstein and Mark Messner and linebacker Mike Mallory.

1985 Big Ten Conference football season

The 1985 Big Ten Conference football season was the 90th season of college football played by the member schools of the Big Ten Conference and was a part of the 1985 NCAA Division I-A football season.

The 1985 Big Ten champion was the 1985 Iowa Hawkeyes football team. The Hawkeyes began the season 7-0 and rose to the No. 1 ranking, including a 12-10 win over No. 2 Michigan at Kinnick Stadium, before losing to Ohio State. Iowa entered the Rose Bowl at 10-1 with an outside shot at a national championship, but were upset by UCLA in the 1986 Rose Bowl, 45–28. Iowa quarterback Chuck Long received the Chicago Tribune Silver Football trophy as the conference's most valuable player. Long and linebacker Larry Station were consensus first-team All-Americans.

The 1985 Michigan Wolverines football team finished in second place in the Big Ten, compiled a 10–1–1 record, defeated Nebraska in the 1986 Fiesta Bowl, and was ranked No. 2 in the final AP and Coaches Polls. Quarterback Jim Harbaugh set a school record with 1,976 passing yards, and Jamie Morris rushed for 1,030 yards. Led by consensus first-team All-Americans Mike Hammerstein at defensive tackle and Brad Cochran at cornerback, the defense tallied three shutouts, gave up only 75 points in 11 regular season games (6.8 points per game), and led the nation in scoring defense. Bo Schembechler was selected as Big Ten Coach of the Year.

The 1985 Ohio State Buckeyes football team compiled a 9–3 record, defeated BYU in the 1985 Florida Citrus Bowl, and was ranked No. 11 in the final Coaches Poll. Linebackers Chris Spielman and Pepper Johnson both received first-team All-American honors. Wide receiver Cris Carter had 950 receiving yards and received first-team All-Big Ten honors.

Running back Lorenzo White of Michigan State led the conference in both rushing (2,066 yards) and scoring (102 points) and was a consensus first-team All-American. Wide receiver David Williams of Illinois was also a consensus first-team All-American.

1985 Purdue Boilermakers football team

The 1985 Purdue Boilermakers football team represented the Purdue University in the 1985 Big Ten Conference football season. Quarterback Jim Everett led the nation in total offense (3,589 yards), which was also a school record, since broken by Drew Brees. Everett finished sixth in balloting for the Heisman Trophy.

1987 Los Angeles Rams season

The 1987 Los Angeles Rams season was the franchise's strike shortened 50th season in the National Football League, their 40th overall, and their 42nd in the Greater Los Angeles Area. The season saw the Rams attempting to improve on their 10-6 record from 1986 and make the playoffs for the 5th straight season. However, the Rams struggled right out the gate. In their first 2 games against the Houston Oilers and Minnesota Vikings, the Rams had 4th quarter leads and blew them. They led 13-0 in the 4th quarter at Houston and lost 20-16, while they led 16-14 at home against Minnesota and lost 21-16. The next week, a strike occurred which wiped out all week 3 games. As a result, their game at home against the Cincinnati Bengals was canceled. One week later, the Rams were thumped by the Saints 37-10 to start the season 0-3, their first such start since 1982, which was, ironically, also a season that saw a strike take place. The Rams finally got in the win column the next week, beating the Pittsburgh Steelers at home, 31-21. However, the next week in Atlanta, the Rams lost another big lead, this time after leading 17-0 at halftime and 20-7 in the 4th quarter. This was followed by embarrassing losses to the Cleveland Browns (30-17), the arch-rival San Francisco 49ers (31-10), and the Saints again (31-14) to drop to 1-7, their worst start since 1965, when they started 1-9. However, the Rams then caught fire, beating the St. Louis Cardinals in St. Louis, 27-24, after trailing 24-14 in the 3rd quarter. The next week in Washington, the Rams outlasted the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football 30-26, and it appeared as though the Rams were poised to get back in the playoff race. The win over Washington was followed by blowout wins over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (35-3), Detroit Lions (37-16), and Atlanta Falcons (33-0) and the Rams were looking to make an improbable in-season turnaround. However, the next week against the Dallas Cowboys, the Rams lost 29-21 to eliminate them from the playoffs. The season ended with the Rams getting pummeled by the 49ers on the road, 48-0. Ultimately, the Rams finished the strike-shortened season 6-9 and missed the playoffs for the first time since 1982.

1988 Los Angeles Rams season

The 1988 Los Angeles Rams season was the franchise's 51st season in the National Football League, their 41st overall, and their 43rd in the Greater Los Angeles Area. The team improved on a disappointing 6–9 record the previous year, going 10–6 and qualifying as a Wild Card before losing to the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Wild Card game.

1989 Los Angeles Rams season

The 1989 Los Angeles Rams season was the franchise's 52nd season in the National Football League, their 42nd overall, and their 44th in the Greater Los Angeles Area. It constituted their last postseason appearance in Los Angeles before owner Georgia Frontiere, who would eventually move the team to St. Louis six seasons later, sold many top players, and in the playoffs, they were defeated by the eventual Super Bowl champion San Francisco 49ers.

It also constituted their last winning season until 1999 in St. Louis, and last in Los Angeles until 2017.

1995 New Orleans Saints season

The 1995 New Orleans Saints season was the Saints 29th season in the NFL.

Dale Hatcher

Dale Hatcher (born April 5, 1963) is a former American football punter for the Los Angeles Rams and the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Clemson University

In 1985, Hatcher was named Pro Bowl and AP All Pro First Team. His blocked punt decided the first overtime regular-season NFL game to be decided by a safety. On November 5, 1989 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Hatcher helped end the game as he tried to punt, only to have it blocked by Minnesota Vikings linebacker Mike Merriweather to give the Vikings a 23–21 win over the Rams. Teammate Jim Everett threw for the only three touchdowns of the game for the Rams as the Vikings' only other points were Rich Karlis' record-tying seven field goals.

After his professional football career ended, Hatcher took a job working at Freightliner Custom Chassis in Gaffney, South Carolina.

George Van Bibber

Edward George Van Bibber (1909 – August 3, 1982) was an American football player, coach, and university professor. He served as the head football coach at Central Michigan University from 1931 to 1933 and at the University at Buffalo from 1934 to 1935, compiling a career college football record of 16–19–3. Van Bibber joined the faculty of the University of Connecticut in 1936 and was the director of the School of Physical Education there before retiring in 1969. He died on August 3, 1982 at the age of 73 after suffering a heart attack.Van Bibber was an alumnus of Purdue University, lettering in baseball and football. He was a member of the 1930 Big Ten Conference champion football team and was awarded the 1931 Big Ten Medal of Honor; other notable recipients include: John Wooden, Hank Stram, Bob Griese, Mike Phipps and Jim Everett.

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List of Los Angeles Rams starting quarterbacks

These quarterbacks have started at least one game for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League. The Rams were formerly known as the St. Louis Rams and the Cleveland Rams. The players are listed in order of the date of each player's first start at quarterback for the Rams.

Purdue Boilermakers football statistical leaders

The Purdue Boilermakers football statistical leaders are individual statistical leaders of the Purdue Boilermakers football program in various categories, including passing, rushing, receiving, total offense, defensive stats, and kicking. Within those areas, the lists identify single-game, single-season, and career leaders. The Boilermakers represent Purdue University in the NCAA's Big 10 Conference.

Although Purdue began competing in intercollegiate football in 1887, the school's official record book considers the "modern era" to have begun in 1946. Records from before this year are often incomplete and inconsistent, and they are generally not included in these lists.

These lists are dominated by more recent players for several reasons:

Since 1946, seasons have increased from 10 games to 11 and then 12 games in length.

The NCAA didn't allow freshmen to play varsity football until 1972 (with the exception of the World War II years), allowing players to have four-year careers.

Bowl games only began counting toward single-season and career statistics in 2002. The Boilermakers have played in seven bowl games since then.

The Boilermakers accumulated more than 5,000 yards eight times in the 11-year period between 1997 and 2007. However, they have only done it once since then, so there have not been nearly as many entries on this list since 2008 as there were in that 11-year stretch.These lists are updated through the end of the 2016 season.

Scott Campbell (American football)

Robert Scott Campbell (born April 15, 1962 in Hershey, Pennsylvania) is a former professional American football player who played quarterback for six seasons for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Atlanta Falcons. He appeared in 45 games in the NFL, starting 13. He played collegiately at Purdue University. He backed up Mark Herrmann for one season, then started over Jim Everett for the next three years.


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