Would you believe that a Heisman Trophy runner-up who made an appearance on the cover of Sports Illustrated is not the best to wear his number at Purdue?
It’s true but only because 30 years later, an even better quarterback came along wearing No. 15.
In addition to three members of Purdue's Cradle of Quarterbacks, this week's list features two other standouts from the Joe Tiller era.
No. 11
The pick: Jim Everett
Jim Everett's All-Pro career in the NFL may never have occurred had he not won a quarterback duel with former Lafayette Jeff star Doug Downing and Jeff Huber the day before the 1984 season opener against No. 7 Notre Dame.
Everett completed 20 of 28 passes for 255 yards and two touchdowns as the Boilermakers opened the Hoosier Dome with a 23-21 victory over the 19-point favorite Fighting Irish. It was only the eighth loss in 95 season openers for Notre Dame.
With Everett leading the way, Purdue went on to defeat Michigan and No. 2 Ohio State during a 7-5 season that ended with a loss to Virginia in the Peach Bowl.
Everett was even better in 1985, even though Purdue slipped to a 5-6 record. He led the NCAA in total offense (3,589 yards) and finished sixth in balloting for the Heisman Trophy.
Honorable mention: Michael Hawthorne (1997-99) was a standout at cornerback for the early Joe Tiller teams. He would go on to play six seasons in the NFL for New Orleans, Green Bay and St. Louis. ... Wide receiver Anthony Hardy was a gift in 1987 from Wichita State, which folded its program. Hardy was one of few bright spots on Fred Akers' first Boilermaker team, leading the Big Ten in kickoff return yardage and ranking in the top five in receptions, receiving yards, punt return yardage. ... David Blough (2015-18) has an argument that he belongs in Purdue’s Cradle of Quarterbacks. He ranks fourth in career passing yards (9,734), third in touchdown passes (69) and owns the single-game passing yards record (572).

No. 12
The pick: Bob Griese
Until former NFL quarterback Cecil Isbell spotted a flaw in Griese's passing form, Boilermaker coaches considered moving him to defensive back. Instead, Griese recorded many feats unmatched by his successors, one of which was leading Purdue to three consecutive victories at Michigan from 1964-66. Another memorable performance came in 1965 against top-ranked Notre Dame when Griese completed 19 of 22 passes in a 25-21 victory.
Griese was a two-time All-American and finished runner-up to Florida's Steve Spurrier for the 1966 Heisman Trophy. Griese was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1984 and to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1990.
Honorable mention: Billy Dicken was in the right place at the right time in 1997 when Joe Tiller brought his basketball on grass offense to Purdue. Dicken led the Big Ten in pass attempts, completions, passing yards and passing touchdowns to earn first-team All-Big Ten honors from the coaches. He overcame a shoulder injury to lead Purdue to victory against Oklahoma State in the Alamo Bowl. ... Only Drew Brees has thrown for more yards in a Purdue uniform than Curtis Painter (11,163). He did break Brees'  single-season passing yards record with 3,985 as a sophomore in 2005. ... Antwaun Rogers (2001-2004) was a four-year starter at cornerback who collected seven career interceptions.
No. 13
The pick: Akin Ayodele
The first of a long line of outstanding defensive ends in the Tiller era, Ayodele was a three-year starter who recorded 194 tackles, 29 sacks, five fumble recoveries and four forced fumbles. The 29 sacks match Jeff Zgonina for second all-time behind Rosevelt Colvin's 33.
He was a first-team All-Big Ten selection as a senior and second-team as a sophomore and junior. Ayodele played nine seasons in the NFL, closing his career in 2010 with Buffalo.
Honorable mention: Ben McCall (1977-80) blossomed as a junior for the 10-win Boilermakers in 1979, rushing for 451 yards and five touchdowns. For his career, McCall rushed for 1,018 yards and 10 touchdowns on just 218 carries. ... Ernest Calloway (1990-92) played bigger than his 5-8 stature at wide receiver, hauling in 95 passes for 1,379 yards and five touchdowns for Purdue teams that emphasized the running game first. ... If there was a trophy for the Boilermaker who played with the most guts, it would be named after quarterback Rick Trefzger (1993-96). When Trefzger wasn’t sidelined with injuries, he was better than most Purdue fans realized at the time. He left Purdue as its sixth-leading career passer, throwing for 5,063 yards in fewer attempts (663) than the two men ahead of him, Mike Phipps (5,423 in 733 attempts) and Eric Hunter (5,598-818). ... Gelen Robinson earned second-team All-Big Ten honors in 2017 after making the switch to defensive tackle from end. He led Purdue with 12.5 tackles for loss, with four sacks, among his 51 tackles.
No. 14
The pick: Vinny Sutherland
Speed was Sutherland's game and the Joe Tiller offense exploited that to perfection. Sutherland led Purdue with 72 catches for 1,014 yards and 13 touchdowns during the Big Ten championship season in 2000. He also left as Purdue's career punt return leader with 684 yards and an 11.6-yard average.
Honorable mention: Joey Elliott had to wait his turn before becoming the starting quarterback as a fifth-year senior in 2009, throwing for 3,026 yards and 22 touchdowns
No. 15
The pick: Drew Brees
Brees set Purdue and Big Ten Conference career records for passing attempts (1,678), passing completions (1,026), passing yards (11,792), passing touchdowns (90) and total offense (12,692) as a three-year starter.
He won the Maxwell Award as the nation's best all-around college football player in 2000, a season which saw Brees lead Purdue to a Big Ten Conference championship and its second Rose Bowl appearance. He also won the Chicago Tribune's Silver Football given to the Big Ten's Most Valuable Player.
Brees was third in the Heisman Trophy balloting in 2000 and was the Academic All-American of the Year. 
In addition to being a hero in New Orleans for leading the Saints to a Super Bowl championship, he is one of Purdue football's biggest advocates and financial supporters.
High honorable mention: Mike Phipps led Purdue to three consecutive 8-2 seasons from 1967 to 1969. As a senior, Phipps was a unanimous All-America selection and finished runner-up to Oklahoma's Steve Owens in the Heisman Trophy balloting. Twice named first-team All-Big Ten Conference (1967 and 1969), Phipps was selected first-team Academic All-American in 1969 and was the recipient of a prestigious Rhodes scholarship.
Chosen by the Cleveland Browns with the third overall pick in the 1970 NFL Draft, Phipps enjoyed a 12-year professional career with the Browns (1970-76) and Chicago Bears (1977-81), passing for 10,506 yards and 55 touchdowns. Phipps was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006.
Honorable mention: Bernie Allen (1958-60) is best known for a 12-year Major League Baseball career but he also was a starting quarterback in 1959 and 1960. As a senior, he guided Purdue to victories over Notre Dame, Ohio State and eventual national champion Minnesota. ... "Kamikaze" Tom Kingsbury (1977-80) was an All-Big Ten linebacker as a senior. ... Don Anderson (1981-84) once held the Purdue career record with 11 interceptions, later matched by Rod Woodson and broken by Stuart Schweigert.

Kenny Thompson is an award winning journalist who writes a weekly column for Sagamore News Media