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Episode 41  |  33:50 min

Former NFL Quarterback Jim Everett Reflects on His Time as a Boilermaker

Episode 41  |  33:50 min  |  09.30.2021

Former NFL Quarterback Jim Everett Reflects on His Time as a Boilermaker

This is a podcast episode titled, Former NFL Quarterback Jim Everett Reflects on His Time as a Boilermaker. The summary for this episode is: <p>In this episode of&nbsp;This Is Purdue, we’re talking to Jim Everett, former Purdue University and NFL quarterback, as he reflects on his football career.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>Listen&nbsp;in&nbsp;as Jim discusses the&nbsp;1984 trifecta win against Michigan, Ohio State,&nbsp;and Notre Dame in the same season while&nbsp;leading&nbsp;the Boilermakers. Plus, we dig into Jim’s experience as a first-round NFL draft pick, his life after playing professionally,&nbsp;and his recent induction into the Indiana Football Hall of Fame.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>You don’t want to miss this&nbsp;conversation&nbsp;with&nbsp;a&nbsp;football legend&nbsp;about&nbsp;our&nbsp;Purdue community,&nbsp;his&nbsp;favorite campus memories,&nbsp;and&nbsp;the definition of&nbsp;Boilermaker spirit–&nbsp;found&nbsp;only on the official Purdue University podcast!&nbsp;</p>

In this episode of This Is Purdue, we’re talking to Jim Everett, former Purdue University and NFL quarterback, as he reflects on his football career. 

Listen in as Jim discusses the 1984 trifecta win against Michigan, Ohio State, and Notre Dame in the same season while leading the Boilermakers. Plus, we dig into Jim’s experience as a first-round NFL draft pick, his life after playing professionally, and his recent induction into the Indiana Football Hall of Fame. 

You don’t want to miss this conversation with a football legend about our Purdue community, his favorite campus memories, and the definition of Boilermaker spirit– found only on the official Purdue University podcast! 

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Jim Everett
Former Purdue University/NFL Quarterback
Jim Everett is a former American football quarterback who played in the NFL for 12 seasons, primarily with the Los Angeles Rams. He played college football for the Purdue Boilermakers and was selected as the third pick in the first round of the 1986 NFL Draft by the Houston Oilers. Unable to work out a contract agreement with Everett, the Oilers traded his rights to the Rams, with whom Everett played from 1986 to 1993. Jim 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. Purdue University recruited Everett out of Eldorado High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Jim Everett led his high school team to the State Championship game in 1979 against the Demons of Santa Fe High School. The Demons' stifling defense (held opponents to 100 points) and record-setting offense (547 points scored) handed the Jim Everett and his Eagle teammates their second loss of the season, and avenged a loss the Demons suffered earlier in the year. In 1980 they finally won 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 Boilermakers 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. 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), at the time a school record (since broken by fellow Purdue alum Drew Brees). He finished sixth in balloting for the 1985 Heisman Trophy. 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 as an undergraduate. During his senior year, he was awarded the Big Ten Medal of Honor in recognition of his athletic and academic achievements.

Kate Young: Hi, I'm Kate Young, and you're listening to This Is Purdue, the official podcast for Purdue University. As a Purdue alum and Indiana native, I know firsthand about the family of students and professors who are in it together, persistently pursuing and relentlessly rethinking. Who are the next game- changers, difference- makers, ceiling breakers, innovators? Who are these Boilermakers? Join me as we feature students, faculty, and alumni taking small steps toward their giant leaps and inspiring others to do the same.

Jim Everett: Coming back for the Indiana State Football Hall of Fame is beyond my wildest dreams. Purdue's a place where great things happen, and we have patience, and we're reasonable, but we also want and desire and crave good football.

Kate Young: When you think of Purdue, what comes to mind? What should come to mind? Only Purdue can call itself the cradle of astronauts and the cradle of quarterbacks. And one of those members of the cradle of quarterbacks is Jim Everett. He was inducted into the Indiana Football Hall of Fame in early September. Jim sat down with us at the Whittaker Inn, a beautiful inn on twenty- five wooded acres in West Lafayette. The Whittaker is also owned by two Purdue graduates and they were gracious hosts for us as we recorded our This Is Purdue podcast interview. Jim, thank you so much for joining us on This Is Purdue.

Jim Everett: Oh thank you. It's so good to be back.

Kate Young: How do you feel? Is there some nostalgia coming back?

Jim Everett: Oh, I love it. When I think of West Lafayette, I think of family. I think of all the good times we've had. Some of the memories we've made around here on and off the field are just remarkable. So yeah, every time I come back, it's like coming home.

Kate Young: You see, Jim lives in California now, but his journey from playing for Purdue to playing in the NFL to where life took him after professional football is an incredible story. Jim was an All- American quarterback for the Boilermakers in the early 1980s. And he has a long list of accolades from his time at Purdue. He wasn't just any college quarterback. If you're a Purdue football fan, you know the name Jim Everett. He was one of the best players in the country his senior year, and he's tied as the earliest NFL draft pick of any Purdue player in history. But I was curious. Jim was born in Kansas and went to high school in New Mexico. How did he decide to come play for Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana? What brought you to Purdue in the first place?

Jim Everett: Well, I was being recruited nationally. We had a really good team. We were undefeated. We had six guys go Division 1 for New Mexico teams. And so it finally came down to between Stanford and Purdue, and both of them are a great quarterback schools. So I just don't think I was ready for California just yet.

Kate Young: And you are there now. Okay.

Jim Everett: Oh, a late bloomer. And it's pretty nice out there. There's good and bad in every place that you live in. You know, I just found that that was a nice place. The weather's good, the whole thing, but going back then, how I got here, there was a lady named Wona Deverman, who was an English teacher at Eldorado High School, and she was a Purdue alumni. And she ended up getting on the phone with Jim Young. She was instrumental on making sure Jim came out, had a personal visit. And I was just, at the time Mark Herrmann, all the success they were having at Purdue and cradle of quarterbacks was all. I'm like, yeah, I want to be part of that. I won't be an astronaut yet, but I want to be one of those quarterbacks. And it wasn't easy either because there was the journey along the way. They had Scott Campbell. I was a backup. I was fourth string. So it wasn't like," Hey, Jim here's..." Just come in. And you know, nowadays it's like guys jumping in and out of the portal, they changed stuff. We didn't have it that easy back then. So there was a lot of endurance, patience, and a lot of hard work that went into it. Each one of my teammates had to push each other for us to be in a time that we could have a season where we beat Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State. To me that was really cool.

Kate Young: So we get to claim Jim Everett as a Boilermaker, thanks to his Eldorado High School English teacher. You heard Jim mentioned he had to be patient while waiting for his turn to play as Purdue's quarterback. And Jim's persistence finally paid off in 1984. I asked him what kinds of lessons he learned from remaining persistent in his pursuit at that one and only starting quarterback position. How did that teach you overall in life? A lot of guys nowadays would leave if they had to wait to play quarterback for three years like you did. How did that teach you persistence and overall life lessons when you think back on that?

Jim Everett: Well, that was a different mindset. We didn't have phones in our pockets. We didn't have instant media. We didn't have all these different, we had to figure it out. If you had a question, you had to actually look at a dictionary or some sort of encyclopedia to find an answer, but now it's just instantaneous. So life was different. It was a different pace. And it was like, if you were going to do something, you had to create it. We had to work really hard for it. And I'm not saying that that still not applies today because it does. It's just that we had a coaching change from Jim Young to Leon Burtnett. And nowadays I think a lot of guys could move with your coaches. We still had the year penalty in our time. So it was one of those things that you just don't do off the cuff and just say," Hey, I'm out of here." So you work through it. And plus Leon kept the staff with Bob Spoo and Jim Colletto and all those guys, so I was very familiar with that. I just had to earn their trust to be their quarterback, which that was a tough road, but very rewarding. I had thought about one time going to San Diego State, and the staff wanted me there. And as much as we could talk during those times, but I really wanted to be a Purdue quarterback. And maybe it's because sometimes when you have a hard head, it pays off, and sometimes it doesn't. But this one it did.

Kate Young: For you it paid off.

Jim Everett: Yeah.

Kate Young: In the same year he became a starting quarterback for the Boilermakers, he also became the only quarterback in Purdue history to beat University of Michigan, Ohio State, and Notre Dame in the same season. Jim explains why the team's mentality had a lot to do with those historic wins. We talk about that trifecta, Notre Dame, Ohio State, and Michigan, that you led the team to those three victories. And it hasn't happened since. Were people doubting the Purdue team back then? Were people surprised that you and the team were able to pull that off?

Jim Everett: You know, it's the tradition, people are going to doubt. It's the mindset of the team that makes the difference. So when you're talking about five star recruiting athletes, you're competing with the Alabamas, you've got Ohio State. And so we had to figure out some other different ways that we were going to find victories, and that had to do with our mentality, maybe not believing the box that people want to put us in. That's the difference.

Kate Young: That win against the University of Notre Dame in 1984 at the Hoosier Dome dedication game in Indianapolis is one of Jim's favorite memories from his time on the field as a Boilermaker.

Jim Everett: One of my first starts my junior year, and we were playing Notre Dame. And this is how old we are. At the first game ever in Indianapolis in the Hoosier Dome, which now has already changed, but that's the NFL. That's all other story. So Notre Dame agrees to have their home game moved down to Indianapolis. It's a start that I've got two blue chip All- Americans Doug Downing, Jeff Huber behind me and Leon says," If you're not heads and shoulders above these freshmen, I'm going to start a freshman." So I'd better play good.

Kate Young: No pressure.

Jim Everett: No pressure. So we're playing. I mean, it's so funny because a good friend of mine in California, Steve Beuerlein, and who I talk to all the time, was the quarterback. It was a freshman quarterback for Notre Dame. And so they were ranked, I believe, number two in the country or number two or eight, one of those. And too, again that box they put us in says we didn't have a chance. We ended up going down to that stadium, it wasn't like going into Notre Dame. Them moving a home game to a neutral site was very helpful. And our fans showed up and that's what Purdue does. We gave him a few things to scream about. So after that game, job security wasn't as much of an issue, so I could kind of relax and kind of get in my groove and built confidence. And I think you're looking at 20 year old guys, if you can build confidence in young people, big things happen.

Kate Young: Yeah. I just had the pleasure of talking to Coach Brohm, and he almost said those exact same words and just building up these young men into people that are good on and off the field. Right?

Jim Everett: Right, and I think in today's age, it's easy to criticize our leaders, easy to criticize mistakes, easy to do all that stuff. But when you're in a position where you can build somebody and they're young people believing in themselves, very powerful.

Kate Young: What about off the field at Purdue? Were there any activities that you participated in or a favorite memory, a favorite spot on campus?

Jim Everett: I would say the Sigma Chi house, I'm a Sigma Chi. I followed the footsteps of Mark Herrmann and all my fraternity brothers, all the times we got the experience. Being in athletics and trying to also do well in academics didn't leave me a lot of social life. But the social life I did have was with my roommates and with my fellow Sigma Chi brothers.

Kate Young: It was important to Jim to attend a school with balance. He placed great significance on the football program of course, but he also wanted a university with a strong academic background. So it's no surprise that he felt that Purdue's prestigious Krannert School of Management was the perfect fit for him.

Jim Everett: Well, that was one of the main reasons why I came to Purdue. It was a industrial management degree from business school at Krannert. A lot of the other schools, I didn't feel... All right, let me fill this in backstory. My parents, my dad was a professor. My mom was a teacher. So academics was always like bringing home the A was automatic. That's what we did. So our expectations were up here. And so when I was looking at my school choices between school like Stanford and Purdue, to me, they were on par about what they want to do. Stanford was more economics. Purdue was a little bit more business. And I wanted computers. Even though we were doing the computers back in the day where we put the cards in and all that stuff. And now like today, what we have in our pocket was way more stronger than what we could buy, but I always liked the tech stuff. I still do. And it was a way for me to hit my other love as far as being able to be involved in business, which I ran an asset management company for almost 15 years. And so I got to apply that. And of course we were one of the first in the technology to go all digital. And I think we're still moving all digital today. And it's a transition that I've got to see during my lifetime from the first Mac computers to phones in your pocket to possibly money being digital.

Kate Young: While at Purdue, Jim earned a regular membership on the distinguished students list. And during his senior year, he was awarded the Big 10 medal of honor in recognition of his athletic and academic achievements. Jim reflects on why it took him some time to put all of his college accomplishments into perspective. You won the Big 10 metal of honor. It's a huge, huge achievement. How did you feel at the time when you won that?

Jim Everett: At the time? To be honest, I don't know if I really understood all this stuff. I look back on it now. I look back at being two time Purdue athlete of the year. I didn't really... When you're involved in something, and you're so engrossed in what you're doing and focused, and pro football was, and trying to... I don't think that stuff didn't really hit me until later in life and going," Oh, wow, that was that's pretty special. Oh, wow." Even Sigma Chi of being a significant Sig hit me a little bit later. It's like, maybe because this is the first year I'm a Grandpa, maybe I'm reflecting a little bit more, but I'm looking at things a little different than, way more appreciative of understanding what all that is and what those awards mean. I'm going to be honest. It took me some time to really put that in perspective about what they were because I felt like I was still in the moment, still making advancements, trying to be an All- Pro, trying to be the best I could. And then watching guys like Drew Brees do it for 20 years. I mean, we had different rules back then. They actually used to hit us. I couldn't imagine playing that game to age 40, but now they're doing it. I mean, Tom Brady. Good luck to him.

Kate Young: During the 1985 season, Jim led the NCAA and total offense, 3, 589 yards, which was at the time a school record until it was broken by another prominent Purdue quarterback, Drew Brees. And after graduating from Purdue, Jim finished sixth in balloting for the 1985 Heisman trophy. Jim was selected as the third pick in the first round of the 1986 NFL draft by the Houston Oilers. Like I said earlier, this tied for a Purdue record. But from there things got a bit wild. See Jim thought he was going right down the street from West Lafayette to Indianapolis to play for the Colts. He tells us the full story on how he felt during that 1986 draft. What were you feeling like as a very young man as a first round draft pick?

Jim Everett: Well, first of all, I didn't know where I was going to go. Okay? So the draft, as everybody knows, you don't know if you're going to be playing in a cold weather place. So as our draft went down, Bo Jackson goes one and everyone on the planet knew Bo Jackson was gone. Atlanta has the next pick. They don't have a quarterback, but they decided to go to, and I met with Dan Henning on our way going down to a spring break. They picked Tony Casillas, and I'll hold that back because we played Atlanta every year. And I had that in the back of my head the whole time, like Atlanta didn't pick me. So when you see these guys get drafted like Dak Prescott. Teams passed on him three times. He didn't get drafted until the fourth round and by Dallas. So he's looking at every team going, I want them, I want them. They make a personal, and don't think they don't. Well, Houston has the third pick. They've got Warren Moon, and Indianapolis has the fourth. Well, Indianapolis needs a quarterback. My agent's working with Indianapolis, which was maybe not as legal at the time, but we pretty much had a contract. So I kind of knew where I was going to be. I thought I was going to be a fourth pick. Well, Houston ends up picking me. A long story short, they ended up picking me to trade me. And while I thought I was preparing to go 60 miles down the road and play for the Colts because they needed a quarterback, my path went differently. Got drafted by Houston, ended up was trade bait. And I felt like a piece of meat. I ended up moving out to... There's stories within that. I almost went to Green Bay, almost went to San Francisco, ended up with the Rams, and it worked out from there. But it was kind of nice being able to go, be a high draft pick, then go to a team that was established. So it was a little easier. Some of these guys coming out, Joe Burrow over in Cincinnati. First pick goes to a bad team. Troy Aikman, first pick, goes to Dallas. Goes 1- 15 the first year. There's a lot of things that people could say," Oh, Troy was a bust because of that first year." A lot of things that would happen today, or they try to put you in that box, I'm talking about it, but this is let's label him as a bust or this or that. Well he might be playing for a bad team. And usually the number one pick guys are. So I'm slow to judge on quarterbacks. I think it takes a while to develop.

Kate Young: So were you bummed about now playing for the Colts? Was your heart set on that?

Jim Everett: Because we had a draft party in the morning, and we all knew it's going to be Indianapolis. And then when Houston calls me on the phone, I'm like, what? And then I was like, okay, I got to fly down to Houston to do all these interviews. I just felt like I was just out of sorts. Yeah, I was prepared to play for the Colts. I was looking forward. They needed a quarterback. They needed someone to... We led the nation on offense the last two years in college. Of course I could have done great things for the Colts. That would have been an easy transition. It just didn't work out that way.

Kate Young: Jim is the first to admit the NFL is quite different now from when he was playing.

Jim Everett: But there's a lot of work. And that's when I look at the pro football and you see the games on Sundays. There's a heck of a lot of work that goes into it. Even with college levels, all the stuff you see on Saturday, the preparation that they do, and the limitations now that you can have with the athletes, very difficult. Your system has to be clean, has to be easy. And then the guys have to really want to self do it. And if you've got a team that can motivate themselves to try to get that extra practice reps in because of the rules they have now, even with the pros. I mean, I go to the camps. They don't have two a days anymore. They have one, but it's a lot of mental reps, and you have to have guys that are disciplined.

Kate Young: And another thing that's different, the explosion of sports journalism and social media. I asked Jim how he would feel playing in the NFL in this day and age.

Jim Everett: I would have loved social media. Don't get me wrong. I would have loved it. I would, I would.

Kate Young: Would you have clapped back?

Jim Everett: Well, this is the deal. Back in our time, if you had someone wrote a story, you can't respond.

Kate Young: Right.

Jim Everett: And so it would behoove you to be friends with these guys. And we would go out and have beers with Jeff and the stories that you would tell him. Hey, don't tell them I'm saying this, but this is what we're thinking. You'd kind of give them a little. Well in the'90s when the whole media bomb changed, and we had Sports Illustrated and all these new sporting news and all that and when that became competition. And then it became all these different stories. And it wasn't always someone writing something friendly about you. Or maybe I remember there was a reporter and in general, he had his own agenda trying to either run out of the coach, one time running me out. And so then you didn't have a way to respond unless you had another friend in the media. Now you can just call it out. You can go right to the public. You can say," Hey, no, this isn't how it is." Now on the flip side, yeah, you can say something really stupid really quick. If you're going to ask me," Jim, would you rather have a voice or not have a voice?" I'll take the voice. Now, is there mistakes possible that young men can make? Absolutely. And I give them a hall pass too, because we're all human. There's some goods and bads, but I think it's very, very cool.

Kate Young: Jim played for the Rams from 1986 to 1993 and ended up being an All- Pro quarterback. And during the 1988 and 1989 seasons, he led the NFL in passing touchdowns. Jim shares his favorite NFL memories with us.

Jim Everett: I probably have to talk about playing in New York, the Giants. And I don't care which game you want to pick. I just love playing the Giants. The Giants are the type of team that, their fans know more about your mom than you know. And so when you play them, you really want to just get after them because when they're quiet, when their fans, it's the best. So I would have to say there was a championship game we were playing, and we were going into overtime, and we hit Flipper for a touchdown. And he keeps running through the end zone. And man, when that stadium was quiet, it was the best. And there's always this New York/ LA big city thing. But that was just, I mean, we always liked playing Dallas too. You always had that extra gear to play Dallas just because. San Francisco, same thing. But I'd have to say one of my favorite moments would have to be against the Giants. Particularly there was one time we threw five touchdowns against them and Belichick was the defensive coordinator. And so that was kind of cool. They kept trying to play this Cover 2. We kept hitting the turkey hole on them, he just couldn't stop it. There's many, many other ones. I had such a good relationship with Ernie Zampese, our offensive coordinator, Norv Turner, and all the guys there. And John Robinson, I thought treated everyone like men. And that's the coaching style that I like. I mean, where it's respectful. When you get the most out of your guys and you treat them like men.

Kate Young: Speaking of men, I mean, did you feel like you had to grow up fast being in the NFL at that young of an age?

Jim Everett: So honestly when I first got to the NFL, I thought Purdue prepared me very, very well. It really did. I mean, I thought our office at Purdue initially when I first came and played with Eric Dickerson, it was kind of Mickey Mouse passing game. You've got to running back, ran for 2000 yards on the ground. You don't really have to develop much else. Right? I'm sure Tennessee does that with Derrick Henry. It's a lot less pressure, but we got into the point where we needed to step our passing game. And that's what I think that our offense started taking off as when we start getting more complex stuff. Some of the stuff Coach Brohm is using, some of the West Coast offense, some of the different things. And that's where our development, I think, from probably two to five years in the league really took off because we were doing a lot more complex. That was a fun part of this league. When you're doing things in and the defense can't figure it out. They eventually all do. And then they move to a different system, or then they have mobile quarterbacks, or then they have Wildcat offense. There's always something new, but if you look through the history of sports, easily pick and choose different areas and you can bring something back and coaches haven't seen it. In high school, they were doing all the pistol offense. That was well that's old. The wishbone will probably come back.

Kate Young: After playing for the Rams for eight seasons, Jim went over to the New Orleans Saints from 1994 to 1996 and ended his career with the San Diego Chargers in 1997. And after 12 seasons in the NFL, most football players would be perfectly content with retiring. And Jim did retire, but just from football. He explains his decision to go back to school for his MBA after finishing up his professional football career. After you retired, you took a route that a lot of NFL players don't. You went back to school and got your master's. Tell us about that experience and why you decided to do that.

Jim Everett: Education was always a big thing that we talked about earlier in our life. I was the least educated in my family having a bachelor's degree. And so I had somewhat of family peer pressure to get my master's. Also, I needed a transition from coming out from the NFL, and I think it's very difficult for some guys. It was for me to transition from, hey, this is what I want to do with my whole life. And now I got to do that. People say," I want to retire on my own terms." Well, no one ever really does that. You can say that with some sort of pride to protect your pride, but you're fired. That's just being real. You know, you're coming through this point where the thing you've done your whole life. And so then you transition saying," I need to reset and I need a hard reset right now because I don't want to cling onto this." I could have gone into coaching. I could have gone into announcing. There was some other issues. I had some family stuff I wanted to resolve. The best thing was for me to be around and to extend my education. And I went to Pepperdine, which is a fabulous school. It was a program, their business program where it was... Pepperdine's in Malibu, but I was in the Orange County campus. So I got to network with people in the Orange County area where I was living. I met some lifelong friends, professors and still to this day in contact. So it was a good transition. And then I started my asset management business, and it was a boutique firm. I could manage my time and manage our money and do the things that I love to do. And like I said, with technology, we were on the edge. And so it was challenging on different fronts. It was time consuming, more so probably than all the football stuff. Maybe not physically, but the mental part. And it was a good. I ended up after 15 years getting out of it. I had some health issues that we had to resolve, which we have with modern science, because you don't go through 12 years in the NFL scot- free.

Kate Young: For sure.

Jim Everett: Replacement parts. Thank you.

Kate Young: What appeals to you about assets management?

Jim Everett: I always dibble dabble in finance. I think when I hired, matter of fact, my asset manager at the time was from Stanford, and Chuck was my mentor, really. And I was actually going to go in business with their firm until he suddenly passed. And we talked about it, and so rather than joining a firm without my mentor, it was easier for me to start my own. And some of his clients came with me, and so it was an easy transition, but it was tough because I lost my guy. But it was good because it forced me to get out. And sometimes you have to get out of your comfort zone to really find out what things are all about. And I was there.

Kate Young: Jim ran his assets management company in Southern California until retiring in 2014. He kept up with his Rams, but he didn't attend many events as he was living across the country. That is until the franchise moved back to L. A. from St. Louis. And so this former Rams quarterback began popping up at team practices and events. He is after all, still the franchises all time leader in passing yards. And so now you're in Southern California. The Rams left, they came back.

Jim Everett: Oh yeah.

Kate Young: Are you involved with them now because they're back?

Jim Everett: Well, there was an interesting time. The Rams, I left the year... I went to New Orleans the year before they left. So we had a chance to come back and play them, and they were a bad team. I was on a bad team. We just, we killed them. They didn't have a chance. And we talk about that up. So then they moved to St. Louis, and if people know the economics of the NFL, it all makes sense. It wasn't about the fans. It wasn't about the city. It was all about the money and stadiums. So if you have a stadium, you get revenue share 60/ 40, but everything behind the glass goes to the home team. So that's why you see all these stadiums with the big glass, all boxes because the home team gets to keep that money. So if you're playing in the Coliseum, there's no glass, you're sharing all the revenue with your opponent. Jerry Jones makes all the money at his place, and then he makes a lot more money at your place. So it doesn't make economic sense unless you have a great stadium. St. Louis had a great stadium. Georgia could make a lot more money. And I don't know anybody that works that wants to work for less. If there's an opportunity to make more money, like anybody else have a plumber or electrician, anybody that's working, they made perfect sense for it to go. It didn't have anything to do with that. As far as the California fan base or this or that. Now California doesn't like losers. And so she was losing it on that part because they just didn't have a good team. And I was part of a team that wasn't good at the end. So I went to New Orleans. We ended up having to top ranked offense again for the next two or three years. And that was fun. So then I stayed in LA. We were without a team for 21 years. I always thought it would be a new franchise that came back or what would they call them? What would it be? And then Jacksonville, there was always Jacksonville. I mean, every time a team needed a new stadium at their home place, they would say," We're going to L.A." There's no stadium in L.A. They were just using it for leverage. And that's what the NFL likes to do. It wasn't until Kroenke came in, Stan Kroenke, and he developed, he committed$ 5 billion to build a stadium. I mean, let that sink in. Who runs around and has$ 5 billion just for a house. I mean, that's pretty impressive. And if it wasn't someone like Mr Kroenke, it wasn't going to happen. So by him taking out the race park, putting in this development, his stadium, his personal commitment, which was huge, that whole SoFi stadium wouldn't happen. The Rams wouldn't be back. The Chargers wouldn't be there. So that was a huge commitment. And Jerry Jones knew that. And that's why he brought Mr. Kroenke in. And so that's very progressive, a lot of stuff that went down. It was very interesting. And yeah, I do. When they came back, they would call saying. Totally, they're bringing the horns back. I'm the all time leading passer for the Los Angeles Rams, but all my records are in St. Louis. I'd show up to St. Louis and be like, who's this guy? What is it? So I just felt like... I was talking to Jack Youngblood about that the other day. He's like," We kind of felt like outcasts." It was like oh, we had our time here. All our records are in some other city. You know, like Warren Moon, he had all his records in Houston, but now they're all in Tennessee. It's kind of weird, but having the home team come back, different management, different mindset, Coach McVay's doing great things.

Kate Young: Jim also keeps up with his Purdue Boilermakers. He shares his thoughts on the program and where he sees it going in the future.

Jim Everett: I don't follow as intently as maybe I see some of the Ram things. And that's just a proximity thing. If I was closer here, I absolutely would. I totally believe in Jeff Brohm. I don't think he has the pieces to his puzzle. And I think that's been the issue. The COVID year, man, that was crazy. So recruiting, I think, as far as Jeff needs to have his guys, I think it starts at quarterback. Rondale, I love watching. I just didn't think they had the pieces around him to compliment. But what he's going to do in Arizona is going to be phenomenal. Kingsbury is going to take him and roll. He'll be a featured part. He had these stats at Purdue, but he didn't have the same parts around him. And when you're talking about offense, like I said, when I played for Purdue, we had six guys drafted on our offense. If it was just two guys drafted on offense, that's not enough. So you need to have pieces around you that compliment you. My most successful years in Los Angeles, we had pieces. Because when you start taking them out, you're not. So I think that would be the thing that from a 30, 000 feet with coach Brohm is he's got to get his pieces in place. And I think that the time is coming up to make sure. A quarterback, that's a huge piece, and I think that's been unsolved.

Kate Young: And after all this time, his love and passion for Purdue is as strong as ever. What does the Purdue community mean to you after all these years?

Jim Everett: Oh man. Stability, reliability, faithful, family, everywhere I go. Even when my daughter was riding horses, we had Purdue people in the horse industry. There's a contact or a base that's whatever walk of life you're in, you seem to run into Purdue people. And then there's a bond. And how to describe that to people that don't have a Purdue degree is tough.

Kate Young: As I mentioned at the beginning of this episode, Jim was recently inducted into the Indiana Football Hall of Fame. He shares what this means to him and his heartfelt thanks.

Jim Everett: You know, I always looked to football as a team sport. I know there's individual honors. I've been on the end of some fine honors, and this is absolutely one of the best. So one, I'm honored. But I also have a lot of thanks. Thanks for my teammates, my coaches, Leon Burtnett, who passed away. All these people in my life who touched me. And so it kind of motivates me to try to pay it forward and think about, okay, we've got this. We're doing these things, but I couldn't have gotten there without my parents, my teammates, Purdue, the whole deal, so I'm appreciative of not only the award, but of family. I guess I don't want to call it that it was all part of it with me. And that to me is super rewarding. I like to tell everybody, I appreciate your support. And coming back for the Indiana State Football Hall of Fame is beyond my wildest dreams. Purdue's a place where great things happen, but we have patience, and we're reasonable, but we also want and desire and crave good football. And I was fortunate to be part of some of those programs. I was on some programs earlier in my career that we weren't, but it takes a whole team effort and getting the right... And I think Bobinski is doing a good job, trying to put the right pieces together because it goes all the way from the top, all the way down to the guys that walk on. I think that you got to have some belief. And I think people at Purdue continue to have belief. And I love that.

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