Burdick Newsletters

February, 2000

A Burdick in Hall of Fame

by Joann Rhome Herring in Alaska

My brother was inducted into the College Hall of Fame this fall. Jerry Byron Rhome was born March 6, 1942 in Dallas, Texas. Jerry was one of the best football player or coach to ever come out of Dallas. His accomplishments on the gridiron are well documented both at Sunset High School, Tulsa University and 28 years in the NFL, both as a player and as a coach.

Jerry was a very talented quarterback at Sunset in the late fifties, however he really made a name for himself at Tulsa University in the 1963 and 1964 seasons. He broke 17 NCAA records on his way to being named All American, Associated Press Back of the Week, Sports Illustrated Back of the Week, All Missouri Conference, UPI Backfield of the Week, winner of the Washington Touchdown Club and the Associated Press Back of the Year. He also won the Walter Camp Memorial Trophy as College Player of the year and finished second in the balloting for the Heisman Trophy in the closest race of all time.

Jerry led the nation in passing (2870 yards) and total offense. His most outstanding statistic of all is that he threw an unbelievable 32 touchdown passes and only four interceptions in 326 attempts. In the most remarkable game of his collegiate career, Jerry was responsible for 56 points - passing for seven touchdowns, running for two more and throwing for a two-point conversion against Louisville in 1964. It's an NCAA record that still stands. He ended his collegiate career with a 14 - 7 victory over Mississippi in the Bluebonnet Bowl in Houston.

The following is a quote from the November 16, 1964 issue of Sports Illustrated in a story about Jerry and his senior year at the University of Tulsa. "The show revolves around Jerry Rhome, a calm, smoothly built (6 feet, 181) young Texan who left Southern Methodist in his home town of Dallas - after playing brilliantly as a sophomore - because he was a passer and wanted to find a place where his passion was not considered a sin. He is a fluid thrower with that natural, old-fashioned posed-photograph delivery. He works hard at learning to pass when things are not going right, throwing off balance, while falling, on one knee or with the wrong foot forward. He throws to all distances and he knows when not to throw. 'You can't wish it in there,' he says. 'Sometimes you've just got to eat it.' His pass, thrown in the classic way with one finger on the lace, travels in a fine spiral and settles, Bobby Layne style, softly into the hands of his receivers. In one game (against Louisville) Rhome threw seven touchdown passes, a national record. In another, two weeks ago, he completed 35 of 43 for 488 yards, and four more national records fell. This modest feat occurred against Oklahoma State, a favored team that went into the game with the second best pass defense in the U.S. and came out with a devastating 61-14 loss."

At the end of the 1998 season, Jerry completed his thirty first year in the NFL. He played for the Dallas Cowboys, Cleveland Browns, Houston Oilers and Los Angeles Rams. Jerry began his NFL coaching career with the Seattle Seahawks and won a Super Bowl Ring with the Washington Redskins. In 1995 he joined the Houston Oilers as the Offensive Coordinator. In 1997, he joined the St. Louis Rams under Head Coach Dick Vermeil. He is retired at this time from coaching.

This is Jerry's line:

2 Deborah BURDICK & Joseph CRANDALL, Sr. (Reverend)
4 Joshua CRANDALL, Sr. & Abigail CRANDALL
5 Peter CRANDALL & Anna(Nancy) BLIVEN
6 Daniel CRANDALL & Olivia KENDALL
7 Nancy Almira CRANDALL & Peter Gremps RAUM/RHOME
8 Byron Crandall RHOME, Sr & Ella Elizabeth LOFTIN
9 Joseph Otto RHOME & Daysie (Daisy) Norfleet COGDELL
10 Byron Cogdell RHOME & Lillie Faye (Shiflet) SCHIFLETT
11 Jerry Byron RHOME b: 06 March 1942 Dallas, Dallas Co, TX

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