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Everett Pickens was a diminutive, but highly productive receiver for quarterback Scott Campbell and coaches Jim Young and Leon Burtnett in 1981 and 82, respectively. At 5-foot-10, 170 pounds, Pickens was a big-play receiver averaging an impressive 17.8 yards per catch as a Boilermaker. A junior college transfer who did not play high school football, Pickens was recruited by Burtnett out of Los Angleles Southwest Junior College, a school that produced Boilermaker standouts Steve Bryant and James Looney.
Pickens says the highlight of his 62nd birthday (celebrated on March 24), will be calls he receiives from his two children. He has enjoyed a professional career as a self-proclaimed entrepreneur, and has recently been involved in acquiring a Cleveland community newspaper an increasing its reach to southern California while providing jobs for kids. Philanthropic in nature, Pickens is also involved in Power-2Empower and Empower on the non-profit side. He resides in the Los Angeles area.