Jim Everett
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Everett in 2021
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Personal information
Born: (1963-01-03) January 3, 1963 (age 61)
Emporia, Kansas, U.S.
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:212 lb (96 kg)
Career information
High school:Eldorado
(Albuquerque, New Mexico)
College:Purdue (1981-1985)
NFL draft:1986 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Passing yards:34,837
Passer rating:78.6
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

James Samuel Everett III (born January 3, 1963) is an American former professional football player who was a quarterback in the National Football League (NFL) for 12 seasons, primarily with the Los Angeles Rams. He played college football for the Purdue Boilermakers and was selected as the third pick in the first round of the 1986 NFL Draft by the Houston Oilers.[1] Unable to work out a contract agreement with Everett,[2][3] the Oilers traded his rights to the Rams, with whom Everett played from 1986 to 1993. Jim then played with the New Orleans Saints from 1994 to 1996 and ended his career with a stint with the San Diego Chargers in 1997.

College career

Purdue University recruited Everett out of Eldorado High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Jim Everett led his high school team to the State Championship game in 1979 against the Demons of Santa Fe High School. The Demons' stifling defense (held opponents to 100 points) and record-setting offense (547 points scored) handed Jim Everett and his Eagle teammates their second loss of the season, and avenged a loss the Demons suffered earlier in the year. In 1980, they finally won the school's only state championship. In addition to quarterbacking the team, he played defense as a safety.

Recruited to play either safety or quarterback, he was soon slotted into the quarterback role where he narrowly missed out on being a four-year starter at Purdue, as a game-day decision before his first game as a freshman led to Scott Campbell getting the nod over Everett. Campbell held off Everett for three years, one of which Everett was able to redshirt to gain an extra year of eligibility. Upon Campbell's graduation to a seven-year career in the NFL, Everett took over the reins of the pass-oriented Boilermakers offense.

As a junior, Everett led the Boilermakers to the 1984 Peach Bowl, where he passed for 253 yards and three touchdowns. Purdue lost the game to Virginia, quarterbacked by future Green Bay Packer Don Majkowski, 27–24.[4] Everett is also the only Purdue quarterback to ever beat Michigan, Notre Dame, and Ohio State all in the same season.

During the 1985 season, Everett finished with 3,589 yards of total offense, second in the nation behind Robbie Bosco of BYU, and a school record at the time (later surpassed by Drew Brees). He finished sixth in balloting for the 1985 Heisman Trophy.[5]

Everett earned regular membership on the Distinguished Students list at Purdue, and graduated with a degree in industrial management. During his time at Purdue, Everett regularly tutored fellow Purdue athletes in courses such as calculus and statistical analysis.[citation needed] He was also initiated into the Sigma Chi fraternity as an undergraduate. During his senior year, he was awarded the Big Ten Medal of Honor in recognition of his athletic and academic achievements.[6]

NFL career

1986 draft and trade to Rams

Before the 1986 draft, Everett was generally rated the best quarterback available,[7] although some scouts had him behind Iowa’s Chuck Long.[8] The Indianapolis Colts traded up from the sixth position to the fourth with the expected goal of drafting Everett[9] before the St. Louis Cardinals, who picked fifth, did so.[10] However, Everett would be drafted third overall by the Houston Oilers. It is widely believed the Oilers, who possessed a developing franchise quarterback in Warren Moon and a capable backup in Oliver Luck — drafted Everett merely to prevent the Colts doing so.[11]

Conflicts between Oiler general manager Ladd Herzeg and Everett’s agent Marv Demoff[12] meant Everett would never sign with the Oilers,[11] although the team offered him a four-year, 3.7 million-dollar contract in mid-August.[2] A wait-and-see attitude regarding established starter Moon meant that the Oilers did not consider trading Everett until the last week of August.[13] Eventually, when protracted negotiations between ownership and Demoff broke down with the regular season already underway, the Oilers decided to trade Everett.[3] The San Francisco 49ers — who had lost champion Joe Montana for the season to back surgery — were initially expected to gain his services,[3] but on September 18 he would be signed by the Los Angeles Rams, who were seeking a change of policy from their previous reliance on aging veterans at quarterback.[3]

Los Angeles Rams

With the Rams, Everett became a statistical leader in several passing categories. His Rams teams were successful early in his career, earning playoff berths in 1986, 1988, and 1989, despite never reaching the Super Bowl. Everett continued to produce fine statistics, and was rewarded with a trip to the 1991 Pro Bowl in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Despite productive years with the Rams, 1989 marked Everett's final playoff season in his NFL career. Starting in 1990, the Rams began to trade or release players due to financial concerns. For example, LeRoy Irvin spent his final season with the Lions, while Greg Bell, who had been the team's starting running back, spent 1990 across town. After winning 13 games in 1989 (including 2 playoff wins), the Rams won 19 games combined in the next four seasons (5 in 1990, 3 in 1991, 6 in 1992, 5 in 1993).

The 1993 season was a low point in Everett's career. He played in only 10 games but managed to throw 12 interceptions. He threw only eight touchdown passes, tying the lowest yearly total of his career and matching his rookie total when he only played in six games. Around mid-season, Rams coach Chuck Knox benched him for T. J. Rubley.[14]

New Orleans Saints

The Rams traded Everett to the Saints in March 1994. In return, the Los Angeles Times reported, Los Angeles received "a seventh-round pick in the 1995 draft".[15]

In three years with the Saints, benefiting from receivers such as Quinn Early and former Falcon receiver Michael Haynes and former Bear fullback Brad Muster in the backfield, Everett threw 22, 26, and 12 touchdowns. Nevertheless, the team finished 7–9, 7–9, and 3–13 in those three years, respectively. The Saints, like many other NFL teams, released or traded core players when the NFL’s salary cap took effect around the time Everett. The Dome Patrol defense had largely been dismantled by 1994. Only Sam Mills remained on the Saints' roster by 1994, and that was Mills's final season, as he departed for the expansion Carolina Panthers the following year. Running backs Dalton Hilliard and Craig Heyward had also both left the Saints by 1994.

San Diego Chargers

Everett signed with the Chargers in June 1997.[16] In his first start for San Diego, he defeated the Saints, 20–6, in his return to the Superdome.[17] 1997 was his final NFL season.

Over his career, Everett performed well enough to be among league leaders in several passing categories. His 203 touchdown passes rank 45th all-time, and his 34,837 passing yards are 33rd all-time. He also ranks 35th all-time in completions and 32nd all-time in pass attempts. On a year-to-year basis, he was among the top ten league leaders in pass attempts (seven times), completions (eight times), pass yards (seven times), and passing touchdowns (six, including leading the league twice).

Everett's two postseason victories (both in 1989) tied him with Vince Ferragamo, James Harris, and Norm Van Brocklin for second-most playoff victories during the Rams' first stint in Los Angeles (as of 2018, it is now the third-most). Only Ferragamo had more wins (three) during the Rams' 49-year stint in Los Angeles. Kurt Warner's five playoff victories during the Rams' years in St. Louis have since superseded Ferragamo's record.

NFL career statistics

Pro Bowl selection
Led the league
Bold Career high

Regular season

Year Team Games Passing
GP GS Record Cmp Att Pct Yds Avg TD Int Lng Rtg
1986 LAR 6 5 3–2 73 147 49.7 1,018 6.9 8 8 60 67.8
1987 LAR 11 11 5–6 162 302 53.6 2,064 6.8 10 13 81 68.4
1988 LAR 16 16 10−6 308 517 59.6 3,964 7.7 31 18 69 89.2
1989 LAR 16 16 11−5 304 518 58.7 4,310 8.3 29 17 78 90.6
1990 LAR 16 16 5−11 307 554 55.4 3,989 7.2 23 17 55 79.3
1991 LAR 16 16 3–13 277 490 56.5 3,438 7.0 11 20 78 68.9
1992 LAR 16 16 6–10 281 475 59.2 3,323 7.0 22 18 67 80.2
1993 LAR 10 9 3−6 135 274 49.3 1,652 6.0 8 12 60 59.7
1994 NO 16 16 7−9 346 540 64.1 3,855 7.1 22 18 78 84.9
1995 NO 16 16 7−9 345 567 60.8 3,970 7.0 26 14 70 87.0
1996 NO 15 15 3−12 267 464 57.5 2,797 6.0 12 16 51 69.4
1997 SD 4 1 1−0 36 75 48.0 457 6.1 1 4 62 49.7
Career 158 153 64–89 2,841 4,923 57.7 34,837 7.1 203 175 81 78.6

Jim Rome altercation

Following the 1989 regular season, Everett was reportedly "shellshocked" from the numerous times he was sacked and hit in the NFC Championship Game against the San Francisco 49ers (the 49ers won, 30–3). At one point in the game, Everett was so rattled that he collapsed to the ground in the pocket in anticipation of a sack, even though the 49ers' defensive players had not yet reached him,[18] a play now known as Everett's "phantom sack".[19]

His struggle eventually led to a 1994 confrontation with then Talk2 host Jim Rome. Rome had regularly mocked Everett's aversion to taking hits on the field, mockingly referring to him as "Chris" Everett (a reference to female tennis player, Chris Evert). When Everett appeared as a guest on Talk2, Rome wasted no time, calling him "Chris". Everett dared Rome to repeat it to his face again, implying that a physical confrontation would ensue were Rome to do so. When Rome did it anyway, Everett overturned the table between them and shoved Rome to the floor while still on the air. Rome was not injured and no legal action was taken following the confrontation.[20]

In a 2012 interview with Deadspin, Everett stated that "a large burger franchise" wanted to use the footage in an ad. Everett agreed, but Rome did not, blocking the deal.[21]


After his NFL career ended, Everett received an MBA degree from Pepperdine University and started an asset management business.[22] Eventually, he settled in Dana Point, California.[23]

See also


  1. ^ "1986 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved October 1, 2023.
  2. ^ a b "Signing of Long May Bring, Everett, Houston to Terms". Sioux City Journal. August 20, 1986. p. C 3.
  3. ^ a b c d "Oilers Deal Everett to Rams". The Galveston Daily News. Associated Press. September 19, 1986. p. 4-B.
  4. ^ "Purdue Boilermakers Bowl Bound". Retrieved September 24, 2009.
  5. ^ "1985 Heisman Trophy Voting". Archived from the original on October 10, 2011. Retrieved October 2, 2011.
  6. ^ "CONFERENCE MEDAL OF HONOR WINNERS" (PDF). cstv.com. Archived from the original (PDF) on August 4, 2016. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
  7. ^ "Colts Await Tuesday's Draft". The Indianapolis News. April 25, 1986. p. 15.
  8. ^ Sands, Bob (April 25, 1986). "Everett May Need Brinks Truck After Draft". The Albuquerque Tribune. Scripps Howard News Service. p. C-3.
  9. ^ Stellino, Vito (April 27, 1986). "Charge Henning of Falcons with an Error if He Passes on Everett". The Baltimore Sun. Associated Press. p. 24C.
  10. ^ Bouchette, Ed (April 25, 1986). "Colts May Not Get Everett Despite Wheeling and Dealing". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 22.
  11. ^ a b "Record-setting Quarterback Detoured on Way to Colts". San Angelo Standard-Times. Scripps Howard News Service. July 20, 1986. p. 4D.
  12. ^ "Oilers Not Optimistic About Signing Top Pick, QB Everett, Any Time Soon". The San Bernardino County Sun. August 22, 1986. p. C2.
  13. ^ Bansch, John (August 24, 1986). "NFL Notebook: Everett May Finally Get Signed". The Indianapolis Star. p. 2D.
  14. ^ Baum, Barry (November 22, 1993). "With Everett Struggling, Rubley Becomes the Man". The Washington Post.
  15. ^ Reilley, Mike (March 19, 1994). "Rams Trade Longtime QB Everett to the Saints". Los Angeles Times.
  16. ^ "Chargers Sign Everett". New York Times. June 4, 1997.
  17. ^ "Jim Everett: Game Logs at NFL.com". www.nfl.com. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
  18. ^ "1990 NFC Championship Game LA Rams 13-5 at San Francisco 49ers 15-2". Archived from the original on December 12, 2021. Retrieved April 18, 2018 – via YouTube. Play occurs on a third-and-ten with about four minutes left in the third quarter
  19. ^ Sylvester, Curt (January 15, 1990). "San Francisco routs Rams, looks unbeatable". Detroit Free Press. p. 35. Retrieved April 18, 2018 – via newspapers.com.
  20. ^ Nakamura, David (April 8, 1994). "TV HOST 'WENT TOO FAR' WITH EVERETT, ESPN SAYS". The Washington Post. Retrieved June 1, 2021.
  21. ^ Dickey, Jack. "An Interview With Jim Everett About "Teeny, Tiny" Jim Rome's Departure From ESPN". Deadspin. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
  22. ^ "Jim Everett Company, LLC". Archived from the original on April 27, 2013. Retrieved September 24, 2009.
  23. ^ Jacobs, Melissa (September 14, 2017). "NFL Afterlife: Former NFL QB Jim Everett Relishes Role as a Rams Legend". The Football Girl.