The Cradle of Quarterbacks is being led by a fellow signal-caller for the first time in nearly half a century.
Jeff Brohm, who played quarterback collegiately at Louisville and for seven seasons in the National Football League, was hired Dec. 5, 2016, as the 36th full-time head football coach in Purdue history. He is widely regarded as one of the most innovative offensive masterminds in college football.
"Purdue is known as the Cradle of Quarterbacks, and that history is very enticing," Brohm says. "We will play a brand of football that features the quarterback's strengths. Our style will be wide open and exciting, and we think the fans will enjoy watching us play."
Brohm enjoyed an outstanding collegiate career at Louisville from 1989 to 1993. A three-year starter, he ranks among the Cardinals' career leaders in touchdown passes (sixth, 38), total offense (seventh, 5,410), completion percentage (eighth, .562), passing yards (eighth, 5,451), passing efficiency (eighth, 129.97), passing attempts (ninth, 715) and completions (ninth, 402). Brohm was voted the team's Most Valuable Player during both his junior and senior seasons, and his number 11 became part of the Louisville Ring of Honor in 2006.
Brohm played in the NFL with the San Diego Chargers (1994), Washington Redskins (1995-96), San Francisco 49ers (1997-98), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1998), Denver Broncos (1999) and Cleveland Browns (2000). In eight career games - all with the 49ers - he completed 37-of-58 passes (63.8 percent) for 353 yards with one touchdown and one interception. His best game came Oct. 27, 1996, when he completed 19-of-30 passes for 176 yards and a touchdown to lead San Francisco to a 10-9 win over the Houston Oilers. In 2001, Brohm played in the XFL for the Orlando Rage and was named first team All-XFL.
Brohm's familiarity with the quarterback's psyche has shaped his coaching style.