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The Best Purdue Boilermakers Quarterbacks of All Time

Updated March 29, 2020 8.2k votes 2.0k voters 56.3k views32 items

College football fans, we’re ranking the best Purdue Boilermakers quarterbacks of all time. It includes every starting quarterback throughout Purdue Boilermakers history, including current quarterbacks and past ones. This Purdue football roster has famous All-Americans, Purdue quarterbacks in the NFL, and Boilermakers players in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Featuring some of the greatest college quarterbacks of all time, the best Purdue QBs include Super Bowl winning greats like Drew Brees and Bob Griese, as well as Mark Herrmann and Mike Phipps.

Who are the greatest quarterbacks in Purdue Boilermakers history? They're all on this comprehensive list of Purdue University football players who have played as quarterback. 

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    Boilermakers career: 1997 - 2000

    Drew Christopher Brees (; born January 15, 1979) is an American football quarterback for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL). After a successful college football career at...  more

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    Boilermakers career: 1964 - 1966

    Robert Allen Griese (born February 3, 1945) is a former American football quarterback who earned All-American honors with the Purdue Boilermakers before being drafted in 1967 by the American Football...  more

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    #8 of 39 The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the 1970s#14 of 84 The Most Overlooked Quarterbacks of All Time

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    Boilermakers career: 1953 - 1956

    Leonard Ray Dawson (born June 20, 1935) is a former American football quarterback and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He played 19 seasons for three professional teams, the last 14 seasons...  more

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    Boilermakers career: 1981 - 1985

    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...  more

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    #93 of 120 The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time#506 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever

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    Boilermakers career: 2001 - 2004

    Kyle Raymond Orton (born November 14, 1982) is a former American football quarterback. He played college football for Purdue, where he started four straight bowl games. He was drafted by the Chicago...  more
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    Mark Herrmann

    Boilermakers career: 1977 - 1980

    Mark Donald Herrmann (born January 8, 1959) is a former American college and professional football player who was a quarterback in the National Football League (NFL) for twelve seasons during the...  more
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    Boilermakers career: 1967 - 1969

    Michael Elston Phipps (born January 19, 1947) is a former American college and professional football player who was a quarterback in the National Football League (NFL) for twelve seasons during the...  more
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    Gary Danielson

    Boilermakers career: 1970 - 1972

    Gary Dennis Danielson (born September 10, 1951) is a former professional American football player and a current college football commentator. Danielson was a quarterback in the National Football...  more
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    David Blough

    Boilermakers career: 2015 - 2018

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    Boilermakers career: 2005 - 2008

    Curtis Jeffrey Painter (born June 24, 1985) is a former American football quarterback. He played college football for the Purdue Boilermakers and was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the sixth...  more
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    Scott Campbell

    Boilermakers career: 1980 - 1983

    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...  more
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    Billy Dicken

    Boilermakers career: 1994, 1996, 1997

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    Boilermakers career: 1986 - 1989

    Jeffrey Scott George (born December 8, 1967) is a former American college and professional football player in the National Football League (NFL) for thirteen seasons during the 1990s and early 2000s....  more

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    147
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    Elijah Sindelar

    Boilermakers career: 2015 - 2018

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    62
    56

    Bernie Allen

    Boilermakers career: 1958 - 1960

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    73
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    Joey Elliott

    Boilermakers career: 2006 - 2009

    Joseph Preston Elliott (born August 2, 1986) is a former American football quarterback. He was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent in 2010. He played for the Winnipeg Blue...  more
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    77
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    Robert Marve

    Boilermakers career: 2010 - 2012

    Robert Eugene Marve (born February 10, 1989) is a former American football quarterback who played for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League (CFL). As a high school player, Marve...  more
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    16

    Jack Plummer

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    87
    110

    Danny Etling

    Boilermakers career: 2013 - 2014

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    72
    92

    Austin Appleby

    Boilermakers career: 2013 - 2016

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    43
    53

    Ron DiGravio

    Boilermakers career: 1961 - 1963

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    52
    69

    Rick Trefzger

    Boilermakers career: 1993 - 1996

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    39
    52

    Doug Downing

    Boilermakers career: 1984 - 1987

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    61
    83

    Eric Hunter

    Boilermakers career: 1989 - 1992

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    44
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    Mark Vitali

    Boilermakers career: 1974 - 1976