Kansas: Jim Everett – Purdue Boilermakers
Before he became a productive signal-caller for the Los Angeles Rams and his infamous altercation with Jim Rome, Jim Everett was making a name for himself at Purdue University. Everett was born in Emporia, Kansas and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he attended Eldorado High School. He led his school to its only state championship as a quarterback and safety. He would eventually sign with Purdue due to their pass-oriented offense.
Everett led the Boilermakers to the 1984 Peach Bowl, where he suffered a 27-24 loss to Virginia despite throwing for three touchdowns. That year, Everett also became the first Purdue quarterback to beat Michigan, Notre Dame and Ohio State in the same season.
As a senior in 1985, Everett led the NCAA in total offense with 3,589 yards and finished sixth in the Heisman Trophy voting. He would then go into the NFL and became a Pro Bowl selection in 1990. He also led the league in passing touchdowns twice.
There isn’t much competition when it comes to the best Kansas-born college quarterback. The answer is Jim Everett and I strongly recommend you never call him “Chris.”