Feb. 08, 2018
NO HOF for Me Again!
Purdue Football All Big Ten defensive back Bill Kay (1977-1980) was not selected into the Purdue Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame again this season. It’s time to ask why a player still in the record books as one of Purdue’s All Time Defensive Backs is not in the HOF.
As noted in the 2016 Purdue Media Guide Bill Kay is still near the top of every defensive back category. Including being tied for #1 in 2 of the categories. These records are now 36 years old! Kay was a 4 year Varsity Letterman, Sports Illustrated Player of the week, All Big 10 (1980), Honorable Mention All-Big Ten (1979) and played in the NFL for 4 seasons. Bill played Cornerback while establishing these records!
Pass break ups game: 7 (tied for #1) and 5 (tied for #3) (7 in 1 game is the best in Purdue history)
Pass Break ups season: 18 (#3) (only 2 people in Purdue history have had more pass break ups in a season)
Pass break ups career: 32 (#4) (only 3 people in Purdue history have had more)
Interceptions in a game: 3 (tied for #2)
Interceptions in a season 7 (tied for #1) (7 interceptions in a season is the best in Purdue history)
Interceptions in career: 10 (#4)
Led team in Pass Break ups 1979 (11) and 1980 (18)
Led team in Interceptions 1979 (7)
75yd interception return for TD 1980 vs Iowa (7th longest in school history)
Played in Peach Bowl, Bluebonnet Bowl and Liberty Bowls
All Big 10 – First Team 1980
Drafted 6th Round – Houston Oilers (1981 draft)
Put old #38 in the HOF