James Victor Purvis


Born: November 17, 1943

Hometown: Brandon, MS

Year of Induction: 2006

 

High School Career

Puckett High School (1957-1958, 1960)
Morton High School (1959)

• Earned 14 letters football, basketball, baseball, track

• Career playing record: 22-6-3

• Most Valuable Back, Capital Athletic Conference

• Mississippi High School All Star Football game (1961)

 

College Career

Mississippi Southern College, now USM (1961-1965)

• Career Playing Record: 18-8-1 (1963-1965 seasons)

• Team total offense leader (’63-’65)

• Career total offense 3235 yards; consecutive record 500 yard games:

- 550 yards vs. Memphis State (238 rush; 312 pass; September 25, 1965)

- 529 yards vs. Richmond (203 rush; 326 pass; October 2, 1965)

• Honorable Mention All-American (’65)

• Academic All-American (’64-’65)

 

Pro Football Career

Boston Patriots, AFL (1966-1967)

• Career Playing Record: 11-14-3

• 14 games, returned 13 punts & kick-offs for 228 yards (’66)

• Shoulder injury ended pro career (’67)

 

Post Athletic Career

• Color commentator for USM radio network (1974-present)

 

Special Recognition

• Mr. USM, USM Student Hall of Fame (1965-1966)

• Who’s Who in American Colleges & Universities Dean’s List, President’s List Scholar

 

Hall of Fame Memberships

• Southern Mississippi Athletic Hall of Fame (1972)

• Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame (2006)

 

Did You Know?

Vic’s school record 238 yards rushing against Memphis State in 1965 was finally broken on the 17th anniversary of its setting: September 25, 1982 when Sam Dejarnette ran for 304 yards against Florida State. Reggie Collier was the only USM quarterback to post more 100-yard rushing games than Vic Purvis.

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