Jim Everett

James Samuel "Jim" Everett III (born January 3, 1963 in Emporia, Kansas) is a former quarterback in the NFL. Everett attended Purdue University and was selected in the first round of the 1986 NFL Draft. He was selected as the third pick in the first round by the Houston Oilers, and was the first quarterback taken that year. Everett played for the Los Angeles Rams from 1986 to 1993, the New Orleans Saints from 1994 to 1996 and ended his career with a stint with the San Diego Chargers in 1997.

Everett is remembered as an excellent passer, especially with the Rams, where he was a statistical leader in several passing categories. His Rams teams were successful early in his career, earning playoff berths in 1986, 1988, and 1989. However, after 1989, he would not find himself back in the playoffs for the remainder of his career. Even though team success would not find the Rams during the rest of Everett's tenure as starting quarterback, he continued to produce fine statistics, and was rewarded with a trip to the 1991 Pro Bowl game, played in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The 1993 season was an off year for Jim, as he had become accustomed to performing closer to other elite quarterbacks. He only played 10 games but managed to throw 12 interceptions. He only threw 8 touchdown passes, tying the lowest amount in his career, a mark he set his first year in the league, 1986, when he only played in six games. Subsequently, the next season he played for the New Orleans Saints, who were coming off of an average 8-8 season in 1993. Team success did not come to the Saints with Everett at the helm, but he did turn his personal performances around. In his three years with the Saints, he threw 22, 26, and 12 touchdowns. His career ended quietly in 1997 with the San Diego Chargers.

Over his career, he managed to perform well enough to be among league leaders in several passing categories. His 203 touchdown passes rank 25th all-time, and his 34,837 passing yards are good enough for 14th all-time. He also ranks 15th all-time in completions and 16th all-time in pass attempts. On a year to year basis, he was among the top ten league leaders in the following categories: pass attempts (seven times), completions (eight times), pass yards (seven times), and passing touchdowns (6, including leading the league twice).

Following the 1989 regular season, Everett was reportedly "shellshocked" from the multiple times he was sacked and was hit during 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 merely in anticipation of yet another sack, even though the 49ers' defensive players actually had not yet reached him — a play thereafter known as Everett's "phantom sack". Everett thereafter tended to shy away from hits, and later acknowledged that his confidence was never fully restored.

This reputation led to Everett's infamous 1994 confrontation with then Talk2 host Jim Rome. Rome had made a habit of repeatedly mocking Everett's reputation for being averse to taking hits by referring to Everett as "Chris" Everett (a reference to female tennis star Chris Evert). Everett appeared as a guest on the show and Rome wasted no time, applying the insult twice within the first 10 seconds of introducing Everett. Everett warned Rome not to do it again, implying that physical consequences would ensue otherwise. Everett, visibly angry by this point, then went on to challenge Rome, predicting that now that the warning had been issued, Rome wouldn't dare to repeat the insult again. Rome promptly applied the insult a third time and Everett responded by physically charging Rome, overturning a table and knocking down Rome live on air before leaving the set.

After his NFL career ended, Everett settled in Southern California. He received an MBA degree from Pepperdine University and started his own asset management business. He also has spent some of his free time coaching children's football.Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, with no Front-Cover Texts, and with no Back-Cover Texts.
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