WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue Athletic Director Mike Bobinski said Thursday that former quarterback Drew Brees will be the team’s next matchup against No. 16 LSU on Jan. 2 at the Cheez-It Citrus Bowl. announced his return to the program as an assistant coach for the At Camping World Stadium in Orlando.
“I am very much looking forward to working with the team over the next few weeks as we prepare for the Citrus Bowl,” Brees said in the release. “I see it as an opportunity not only to coach and coach this group of young people, but to represent all the former Purdue players who care so much about our program.
“This is also preparing for the future of Purdue Football, with new head coach Ryan Walters. I had a great conversation with Coach Walters last night and the energy he brings to our program. , passion and detail.The future is bright and there’s never been a better time to be a boilermaker!”
Brees spent four years with the Boilermakers from 1997 to 2000 and is the program’s all-time leader in completions (1,026), attempts (1,678), yards (11,792) and touchdowns (90). As a senior, he led Purdue to the Rose Bowl before winning the Maxwell Award given to the nation’s best player in college football.
After leaving West Lafayette, Brees spent 20 years in the NFL, playing for the San Diego Chargers and New Orleans Saints. He is the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for 4,000 yards or more in his 12 consecutive seasons, which includes his NFL record for his 5,000 yards his passing five times in a season. . He was selected to the Pro Bowl 12 times, a Saints franchise record.
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Brees led the Saints to victory in Super Bowl XLIV and was named the game’s MVP. He retired as the league’s all-time leader in career touchdown passes, completions, yards, and completion percentage. He captained the Saints team for 15 years, winning nine playoff appearances and his seven division titles.
“Purdue University is fortunate to have alumni who are influential leaders in a wide range of industries and careers, including professional football. He was an elite footballer, but above all, Drew is an extraordinary leader.
“Having his insight on the football field and in the coaching office during this transitional period has been invaluable to our student-athletes and staff. Thank you Drew for your support of the boiler makers.”
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