This week’s countdown of the top 150 players in Purdue football history features a handful of standouts from the Jack Mollenkopf era, which remains the Boilermakers’ standard for long-term success.

There’s also a quarterback in this countdown – surprise, surprise. But this QB’s story is one of the greatest surprises in the last 25 years.

No. 130
Steve Bryant

Bryant’s finest moment at Purdue came early in the 1981 season, catching a fourth down, 7-yard touchdown pass from Scott Campbell with 19 seconds remaining to draw the Boilermakers within a point against Notre Dame. Bryant then caught the game-winning 2-point conversion throw. The TD reception was one of a then-record 11 Bryant would catch during his senior year.

No. 129
Billy Dicken

At the lowest point of his Purdue career, Dicken considered a move to defensive back because of all the injuries he suffered. Luckily for him, Joe Tiller brought his basketball on grass offense in 1997. Dicken earned first-team All-Big Ten honors as a fifth-year senior, leading the conference in pass attempts (407), completions (224), passing yards (3,136) and touchdown passes (21).

No. 128 
Bob Corby

A three-year starter at defensive back, Corby (1965-67) became the first Boilermaker to reach 10 career interceptions. His six interceptions as a senior gave him 11 for his career.


No. 127
Gilbert Gardner

He came to Purdue from Texas as a wide receiver, but Gardner was one of several impact freshmen on the 2000 Big Ten championship team as a linebacker. He would go on to win a Super Bowl ring with the Indianapolis Colts during a five-year NFL career.

No. 126 
Marc Foster

One of only three Purdue defensive backs to earn first-team All-Big Ten honors twice in the past 31 years (Jimmy Young, Stuart Schweigert), Foster matched Corby’s 11 career interceptions in 1988.

No. 125
George Olion

A three-year starter at defensive end (1965-67), Olion was one of a school record eight first-team all-conference selections for the 1967 Big Ten champion Boilermakers. Olion was one of the reasons why Purdue led the Big Ten in total defense (259 yards per game) in 1967.

No. 124
Larry Kaminski

A first-team All-Big Ten center as a senior in 1965, Kaminski went from being undrafted to recently being named one of the Top 100 players in Denver Broncos history.

No. 123
Joe Krupa

Thanks to Korean War rules, Krupa was a rare four-year starter from 1952-55 at defensive tackle. He was a second-round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers, for whom he would play for nine seasons.


No. 122
Calvin Clark

Clark was a first-team All-Big Ten defensive tackle in 1980, part of the “Junk Defense” that helped Purdue win three consecutive bowl games under coach Jim Young.

No. 121
Gene Selawski

A first-team All-American as a senior in 1958, Selawski was one of many Ohio imports who would star for Purdue under Mollenkopf in the 1950s and 60s. Selawski played three seasons of pro ball with the Los Angeles Rams, Cleveland Browns and San Diego Chargers.

Kenny Thompson is an award winning journalist who writes a weekly sports column for The Ppaer of Montgomery County asn also covers North Montgomery Football.