Purdue University

1969 Boilermakers
(Authentic Reproduction)




To celebrate the 100 year anniversary of college football, Purdue had a unique decal that was placed on each side of their old gold helmet with the black one-inch center stripe. The white football-shaped decal with a black border had a gold P with smaller "100 years" notation within it. Three-inch black player numerals were placed at the rear of the shells. Captain and QB Mike Phipps who had played injured during parts of 1968 earned his All American status, leading the team to its third consecutive 8-2 finish, a three-year run that earned him election to the College Football Hall Of Fame. Phipps eclipsed almost all of the records set by the great Purdue QB's that had preceded him and as had occurred to Keyes the year before, won the award as the Big Ten MVP. Phipps came in second, to Oklahoma's Steve Owens in the Heisman voting, became the Browns number one draft pick, and had a twelve-year NFL career. Stanley Brown became a home run receiver and totaled 108 points, second only to the record left by Keyes. All American DB Tim Foley became a key member of the Dolphins championship teams and Bill Yanchar, also All American at tackle, had a brief, one year run with the Browns. After the Indiana game, Mollenkopf retired to Florida with a fine 84-39-9 record, a .672 winning percentage, a Rose Bowl victory, and he beat Notre Dame in ten of fourteen games, the IU account 11-2-1. In 1975 he succumbed to the cancer that had plagued him during his coaching tenure. He was and still is best remembered for his exciting offenses, great quarterbacks, tough linemen, and his overwhelming loyalty to Purdue. His fine record and coaching abilities produced election to the College Football Hall Of Fame.

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