Born on January 27, 1927
Dayton, KY
July 23, 2017 in West Lafayette.
Inducted On
April 30, 1977
Location Inducted
South Bend, IN
Region Number
Dayton, KY
All-State Basketball 1943-1945; played on Kentucky All-Star Basketball Team 1945; also played football and baseball.
Purdue University
Four-year football letterman as a quarterback; started as a freshman, including a win over previously unbeaten and fourth-ranked Ohio State; named PU Outstanding Player 1947; played in first North-South All-Star Game 1948 and Hula Bowl Game 1949; set Purdue records in total offense, with a four-year passing record of 191 completions for 2,759 yards; also played basketball.
Served as assistant athletic director at PU, retiring in 1992; considered father and first member of Purdue's "Cradle of Quarterbacks;" inducted into Purdue Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame 1999; the John Purdue Club established an endowment in his name; named a Sagamore of the Wabash by Indiana's governor.
Wife, Janet; children, Gary (Laurelyn), David (Jill), and Jane (David); 11 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren
Professional Athletic Background: Selected in second round of NFL draft by New York Bulldogs in 1949, playing one year; drafted by New York Giants in the 1950 draft, but retired from playing to coach at Purdue.

Coaching Experience: Assistant football coach at Purdue 1950-1969; head football coach at Purdue 1970-1972, with 13-10 record; retired from coaching in 1972.

Coaching Honors: Coached in 1960 Blue-Gray Game, 1967 Rose Bowl, 1967 Hula Bowl, 1968 American Bowl, 1969 and 1972 North-South Shrine Games; won all post season games; twice named "Coach of the Week" by UPI; nationally famed as "Quarterback Architect: with four of his signal callers - Dale Samuels, Len Dawson, Bob Griese, and Mike Phipps - moving the ball 9.5 miles (16,304 yards) in a four year regular season period.

Outstanding Players Coached: Samuels, Dawson, Griese, Phipps, Bernie Allen, Ross Fichtner, Leroy Keyes, Otis Armstong, Darryl Stingley, Dave Butz, Larry Burton, and Greg Bingham.