Our benevolent overlords at SB Nation, and their benevolent overlords at the BTN, have decided to lean on the real journalists here at SB Nation to rank the Mt. Rushmore of each B1G school. When T-Mill asked me to write this post my immediate thought was to do a joke list with some big names who had big expectations but failed to live up to their promise. In fact let's do that really quickly before we get into the real list.
You had to know this guy was going to be on here right? One of the most highly touted QB's in the history of QB touting and he was coming to Purdue! George was only at Purdue for a year and left after the Leon Burtnett was fired following a pretty abysmal season. But hey Purdue hired Fred Akers next and we all know things went straight up from there!
Another failure of a QB at Purdue. Hance came in immediately following Drew Brees which is just a nightmare scenario for any QB but especially one like Hance who didn't seem to have the best head on his shoulders. He simply wasn't ready to handle the pressure. He was at Purdue for two years before transferring to USC where he eventually won a national championship which he had about as much to do with as I did.
No explanation necessary. If you need one use Google. It's not good.
The guy was an incredibly talented wide receiver and was one of the only players to get to wear the #1 jersey under Joe Tiller. His potential and talent was on display against Notre Dame where Lymon racked up an impressive 238 yards receiving. Unfortunately a strange stabbing at Nick's on the levee and an incident with an air soft gun his Purdue career came to an abrupt end. What a waste.
Now though for the real reason you are here. Who are, in my opinion, the top four Purdue football players of all time. If you'd like to take a look at T-Mill's picks take a look here. Before we go into my top four let's at least list the ten nominees we have to work with.
- Mike Alstott
- Otis Armstrong
- Drew Brees
- Bob Griese
- Mark Herrmann
- Leroy Keyes
- Mike Phipps
- Duane Purvis
- Dave Rankin
- Rod Woodson