Drew Brees is making notable news this week and it has nothing to do with a fake lightning strike.
The former NFL quarterback is being hired by Purdue as an assistant coach to help the team for the Cheez-It Citrus Bowl, it announced on Thursday.
The school announced Thursday that Brees will work on the field with players and participate in recruiting.
“I am extremely excited to work with our team over the next few weeks as we prepare for the Citrus Bowl,” said Brees. “I see it not only as an opportunity to coach and mentor this group of young men, but represent all the former Purdue players that care so much about our program. This is also preparation for the future of Purdue Football with new head coach Ryan Walters. I had a great conversation with Coach Walters last night, and love the energy, passion and detail he will bring to our program. The future is bright, and there is no better time to be a Boilermaker!”
The report adds that Brees wanted to help during the Boilermakers’ transition to newly hired Ryan Walters’s head coaching regime.
Purdue recently lost head coach Jeff Brohm to Louisville.
Purdue athletic director Mike Bobinski released a statement on this move.
“For more than two decades, Drew Brees has shown the world what makes the Boilermakers special,” Bobinski said. “He was an elite football player, but most of all, Drew is an extraordinary leader. Gaining his insights on the football field and in our coaching offices during this time of transition will be of great value to our student-athletes and staff. We’re grateful to Drew for his willingness to share his time and expertise in yet another show of support for the Boilermakers.”
Brees retired following the 2020 season before joining NBC.
For his career, Brees threw for 80,358 yards while completing 67.7 percent of his passes to go along with 571 touchdowns and 243 interceptions over the course of 20 seasons.
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