Where are they now? Former Rams quarterback Jim Everett
When a player is picked in an NFL Draft, he usually negotiates a contract, reports to the team, and begins his career.
In the case of Jim Everett – yeah, not so fast.
The Purdue quarterback was selected with the third overall pick in the 1986 Draft by the Houston Oilers. But with Warren Moon already on their list, this surprising move would have been used as commercial bait.
It took a little longer than the Oilers or Everett would have preferred since he missed training camp and the first two games of the season, but it worked.
The Rams traded Pro Bowl goalie Kent Hill, defensive end William Fuller, their first-round picks in the next two draft and a fifth-round pick in 1987, to Houston for the rights to Everett.
“I learned a lot about the NFL Draft from the Houston Oilers,” Everett said. “You look at the # 1 picks and they don’t want to be in that particular place, and you think they’re just greedy. I learned a little bit about how you have to represent yourself.
“I was almost a Packer. I was almost a 49er. And then I became a Ram, and it was just good to be somewhere that wanted you. And needed you.
“Coach (John) Robinson was going to give me eight weeks to understand the terminology and the whole thing. I felt like I was ready to go a few weeks earlier, and begged him to Put it on. And yes, it was a long road (before I could play) in week 11, but once we got in it was really fun. “
From his early rookie debut against New England, Everett was as LA as Hollywood Sign and helped lead the Rams to the playoffs three times and the 1989 NFC Championship game.
“The key to the success of the team was to have a lot of good games,” said Everett. “When you talk about a team, it’s never one guy. I mean, Michael Jordan doesn’t win all these championships without (Scottie) Pippen and the support team. You have to have coins. ‘have the main player, or some guy who can pull the trigger and do the right things, but if you don’t have people around …
“It definitely makes a difference when you have star players around you. And I see the modern day Rams, they have coins. Aaron Donald, Jalen Ramsey, Matthew Stafford, receivers, a good runner and a good line. offense. Just a good, solid team. That doesn’t mean they’re going to win every one of them, but they’re definitely going to stand a chance. “
Just like Everett and his Ram teams. What are some of the fondest memories of his playing days?
“I have so many great memories. Even off the pitch. The first day, signing the contract, I got lost on the freeway trying to get to my damn press conference,” Everett said with a laugh. . “It was like hello, LA traffic.
“Some of the memories on the pitch, probably my first game, throwing three touchdowns and starting that attack. And I know New England ended up winning on a fluke, Hail Mary, but I’ll remember that. always.
“Or when the crowd was chanting my name. They really just wanted a good quarterback game. It was kind of nice to bring some stability to the position. The fans liked that, and I always liked the fans. The love story continues with this day.
“Or you can talk about playoff wins. Flipper’s [Anderson] record of 336 yards when we played in New Orleans (in 1989) which still stands today. It was a Sunday night game, and we were down, 14-3, with 4:01 to go. You could hear the televisions turning off. People erase us. And then we come back and win this game (20-17). “
With the team returning to Los Angeles five years ago, Everett and other Rams Legends had the opportunity to return to the limelight and witness other memorable victories at SoFi Stadium.
“We spent 21 years in Los Angeles without a football team. Every time you heard the words Los Angeles, it was usually to pressure another team trying to get a new stadium, and they were threatening to move here.” , Everett said.
“The return of the Rams is absolutely fabulous. I thought it would be an expansion team. But for the legacy to return, and I feel for St. Louis. I know the fans go in between all of them. The fans of St. Louis is fabulous and the Los Angeles fans are fabulous.
“When the Rams came back, if Stan Kroenke hadn’t invested $ 5 billion in this project and built a stadium with his own money, it wasn’t going to happen in California. So I think we’re blessed with Mr. Kroenke, of course. “
In the league for 12 seasons with the Rams, Saints and Chargers, Everett had 34,837 yards, or nearly 20 miles, and 203 touchdowns. NFL point guard with 31 assists in 1988 and 29 in 89, he was named to the Pro Bowl in 1990. What makes him most proud of his career?
“Someone asked me when I was five, what do I want to do? And I wanted to play professional football. I was lucky enough to live my dream,” said Everett. “And it wasn’t easy. It wasn’t one of those things that I was like the best guy to come out of high school. I mean, I was a good athlete, but maybe not a real one. quarterback like Jeff George or André Chance.
“When I went to Purdue I wasn’t ready for that pro-style attack. But I had to learn it just to get on the pitch. They wanted me to be a tight end. And I said,” No, I want to be a quarterback. So it was a bit uncompromising about it, but a bit of dedication. And I finally did.
“And when I got to the pros, I had to learn (the Rams coordinator) about the offense from Ernie Zampese, which really took us to a whole new level. So, I would say, collectively, I’m most proud of having had the courage, the determination, to live a dream. “
After his playing days, Everett obtained an MBA from Pepperdine and in 2000 founded an asset management company – The Jim Everett Company. He felt that, especially in Los Angeles, name recognition had its pros and cons.
“I don’t think I have had clients who have chosen me simply for my name or my popularity,” said Everett, a registered investment advisor. “When you talk about finances, they wanted someone legitimate, to do a good job, and that was my lead role and that’s what I did. Everything I did with my clients, I did. was doing with my own account.
“I attended some events and they wanted me to showcase my business, and I think they just wanted an athlete to show up and talk to their group. So there were pros and cons.”
Choosing to go in another direction in 2014, Everett worked as a football analyst for various TV stations in Los Angeles. And… “I’m a fan of crypto assets and what they could possibly bring to our future and our transactions. So I’m kind of an athletic geek,” he said.
“Guess that’s why I went to Purdue. I had a minor in computer science and was Academic All-Big Ten. My parents were both teachers. In fact, my dad was a teacher. therefore always appreciated the mental side as much as the physical side. “
Settled in Los Angeles, Everett and his fiancée, Laura, each have three children from previous marriages and will soon become, without Alice and Sam the Butcher, the Everett group. Also a grandfather of two, what’s best about being Jim Everett today?
“I have the freedom to do the things I choose to do. And I have some experience to enjoy the things I can do,” he said. “I’ve had three joint replacements so it’s kinda tough. People watch the glory on the pitch, but once you’re done, man, I just want my parts to work.
“So I wouldn’t say that would be the most glorious part of the physical part of everything, but the mental part of being a little older, a little more mature, knowing what I love and having the time and appreciation and humility to take advantage of it all. “