Not surprisingly to anyone who watches football on a regular basis, this week’s countdown of the best to wear numbers 61-70 in Purdue history features some of its best linemen.
Nine of the 10 went on to play in the NFL, while the 10th has been one of the voices of Purdue football for more than 25 years.
No. 61
The pick: Nick Hardwick
How would Hardwick's life be different today had he not been inspired to walk on to the Purdue football team following the Boilermakers' appearance in the 2001 Rose Bowl?
Hardwick was a wrestler at Lawrence North, only playing football as a freshman. But he had enough athletic ability to earn a scholarship one year after walking on at Purdue. Hardwick moved from defensive tackle to guard to center in that short time span, making his first start at center in the 2002 Sun Bowl against Washington.
Hardwick earned first-team All-Big Ten honors in 2003 and was a third-round draft choice of the San Diego Chargers in 2004, the first of nine Boilermakers selected. He was a Pro Bowl selection in 2006 and was later named to the Chargers' 50th anniversary team.
Honorable mention: Gary Roberts (1966-68) was a first-team All-Big Ten guard in 1968 and played one season with the Atlanta Falcons in 1970.
No. 62
The pick: Dave Butz
The 6-7, 280-pound Butz chose a football scholarship from Purdue over a basketball offer from Kentucky Hall of Fame coach Adolph Rupp because football was his best option.
Was it ever.
By the time he was a senior in 1972, Butz was widely regarded as the best defensive lineman in the country. He was a consensus All-American as a senior, the recipient of the Zipp Award as college football's outstanding player and a finalist for the Lombardi Award (presented to the best lineman or linebacker).
Selected fifth overall by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1973 NFL Draft, Butz made his mark with the now-Washington Football Team, which gave up two No. 1 draft picks and a No. 2 pick to sign Butz away from the Cardinals in 1975. Washington was rewarded with two Super Bowl victories, and Butz was selected NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1983.
In 1987, Butz was chosen to Purdue's All-Time Team spanning its first 100 years of football, and he was inducted into the Purdue Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame in 2004. Butz was elected into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2014.
Honorable mention: Linebacker Mike Marks (1978-80) preserved a 24-23 victory against Indiana in the 1980 Old Oaken Bucket game with an interception on a Hoosiers two-point conversion attempt. The two-year starter shares the school record for fumble recoveries in a season (4) and was one of the top tacklers as a senior with 112 . . . Roger Ruwe (1974-77) was a three-year starter at middle guard and recorded a combined 13 tackles for loss in his junior and senior seasons.
No. 63
The pick: Pete Quinn
Anyone who attended games at Ross-Ade Stadium from 1977-80 remembers the sight of Quinn, a center, sprinting downfield after the end of a quarter.
When he wasn't getting his exercise or impersonating Elvis Presley, Quinn was key member of three bowl championship teams during the Jim Young era and was a two-time second-team All-Big Ten selection. His popularity was rewarded with a selection as the center on Purdue's All-Time Football Team in 1987. Quinn has been a member of the Purdue football radio broadcasts since 1991.
Honorable mention: Offensive tackle Dave Lafary (1974-76) parlayed his one year as a starter into a nine-year career with the New Orleans Saints . . . Jim Niedrach (1997-99) was a three-year starting center for Joe Tiller's first Purdue teams.
No. 64
The pick: Kevin Pamphile
Pamphile wasn't as highly regarded as other Florida high school players recruited to Purdue by Danny Hope but once he was moved to offensive line before his sophomore year, Pamphile blossomed.
A two-year starter at left tackle, Pamphile was a fifth-round draft pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2014 and started 29 games the past two seasons before signing as a free agent in the offseason with Tennessee.
Honorable mention: Guard Chuck Erlenbaugh (1965-66) earned first-team All-Big Ten honors for the Boilermakers' Rose Bowl squad . . . Wally Florence (1961-63) was a three-year starting guard.
No. 65
The pick: Tom Bettis
Bettis (1951-54) spent most of his life in football, earning prominence as an All-American guard following his senior season. He was also a two-time All-Big Ten selection (1953-54) and a two-time Boilermaker MVP and captain.
He played nine seasons in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers, Pittsburgh Steelers and Chicago Bears. Bettis is a member of Purdue's All-Time Football Team and was inducted into the school's hall of fame in 2000.
Honorable mention: Mike Otto (2003-06) had no FBS scholarship offers out of Maconaquah until Purdue offered late. The Boilermakers' faith was rewarded as Otto became a four-year starter at left tackle and played eight seasons with the Tennessee Titans . . . Bob Sebeck (1965-67) was a three-year starting guard and a second-team All-Big Ten selection in 1966-67.
No. 66
The pick: Gene Selawski
Selawski (1956-58) was one of many Ohio imports who went on to star for Purdue under Jack Mollenkopf in the 1950s and 60s. He was a first-team All-American offensive tackle as a senior and played three seasons of pro ball with the Los Angeles Rams, Cleveland Browns and San Diego Chargers.
Honorable mention: Sam Voinoff (1929-31) was a starting guard during one of the greatest eras of Purdue football, during which the Boilermakers won two Big Ten titles. ... Dale Schwan (1977-79) was a three-year starter at guard and was a first-team All-Big Ten pick in 1978 . . . A two-time second-team All-Big Ten selection, Jordan Grimes (2004-07) started 36 consecutive games at guard for the Boilers.
No. 67
The pick: Uche Nwaneri
One of the standouts in Joe Tiller's later years at Purdue, Nwaneri was a starting guard in 2004 and 2006 after having to sit out a one-semester university suspension in 2005 for an altercation with then-teammate Ryan Noblet.
Nwaneri was a fifth-round draft choice of the Jacksonville Jaguars, for whom he started 92 games from 2007-13.
Honorable mention: Scott Conover (1987-90) started for two seasons at defensive end before making the switch to offensive tackle as a senior. That move led to an NFL future for Conover, who played for the Detroit Lions from 1991-96 . . . Clanton King (1966-68) was a part-time starting linebacker for Purdue's first Rose Bowl team before moving to the offensive line, where he started for two seasons.
No. 68
The pick: Dennis Kelly
Kelly (2008-11) was a two-time Offensive MVP and honorable mention All-Big Ten pick for the Boilermakers as a left tackle. He anchored an offensive line that in 2010 blocked for a school record five consecutive 200-yard rushing games.
Kelly was taken in the fifth round by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2012 NFL Draft and has 26 starts over his career with the Eagles and Tennessee, for whom he has played since 2016.
Honorable mention: Sal Ciampi (1963-65) was a three-year starting guard and only Purdue's third Academic All-American . . . Linebacker Frank Burke (1965-67), was a 27-year-old father in 1966 when he recorded two blocked kicks that helped Purdue reach the Rose Bowl. He blocked a punt and recovered it for the game-winning touchdown against Michigan. In the 14-13 Rose Bowl victory against USC, Burke blocked a field goal try.
No. 69

The pick: Bill Combs
Before he spent much of his professional career as Purdue's team physician, Combs (1939-41) was a talented end who was team MVP in 1941. Combs was honored in 1966 by Sports Illustrated, which named a 26-man Silver Anniversary team.
He played a season with the Philadelphia Eagles before studying medicine at Marquette. Combs was elected to the Indiana Football Hall of Fame in 1977.
Honorable mention: Tackle Lou Karras (1946-49) was a three-year starter and a second-team All-Big Ten selection as a senior . . . .Ralph Perretta (1972-74) was a three-year starting guard who became a starting center for the San Diego Chargers.
No. 70
The pick: Donnie Green
Green was influenced by another Virginia high school standout, Leroy Keyes, to come to Purdue where his 6-8 frame became a dominating presence on the offensive line from 1968-70.
"I remember (Donnie) as the biggest football player that I had ever seen," Keyes said in 2004.
Green credits former Purdue assistant coach C.W. "Wimp" Hewgley for preparing him for the NFL, where he gained fame as one of the Buffalo Bills’ “Electric Company” who blocked for O.J. Simpson when he broke the 2,000-yard rushing barrier with 2,003 in 1973.
Green played eight seasons in the NFL with Buffalo, Philadelphia and Detroit.
Honorable mention: Jim Garcia (1962-64) was a three-year starter at tackle who earned first-team All-Big Ten honors as a senior. He played four seasons in the NFL . . . Ken Panfil was a starting tackle on the 1952 Big Ten co-championship team.

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