Purdue Mascot and Traditons
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Purdue University Mascot
Purdue Pete dons his  Football Gear
on Gameday Saturdays.  This lovable
mascot gained "official" status in 1956.
Football jersey numbers worn by famous
Purdue players
9
Former Boilermakers QB Mark Herrmann wore
Purdue jersey No. 9
12
Bob Griese wore Purdue jersey No. 12 while
quarterbacking the Boilermakers.  Former QB
Curtis Painter donned No. 12 as well.
15
Purdue QB's Mike Phipps and Drew Brees both
donned Boilermakers football jersey No. 15
16
Before leading Kansas City to a Super Bowl title,
Len Dawson wore jersey No. 16.
23
RB Leroy Keyes wore jersey No. 23 before his NFL
career
26
Before becoming an NFL defensive force and
Super Bowl champions, Rod Woodson donned
No. 26
40
Mike Alstott sported jersey No. 40 before joining the
NFL
80
Paul Moss was the University's first two-time
All-American.
Purdue Rivalry Shirts
The brand new "Stay Victorious My Friends
and Hate the Hoosiers" T-Shirts are
generating quite a buzz.
Is Purdue
"Quarterback U"?
3 former Boilmakers have
led teams to Super Bowl
Championships.
Boilermakers
in the Pro Football
Hall of Fame
Purdue University
Gamedays
Ross-Ade Stadium is where
the Boilermakers are mixed
with their Big 10 opponents.  
The stadium was first
dedicated in 1924 with a
seating capacity of 13,500.  
Currently the University's
home venue can seat
62,500.  On Football
Saturdays, Ross-Ade
Stadium is alive in Black and
Gold!
World's Largest Drum
This Big Bass Drum has served the
University since 1921 and is a
fan-favorite on Football Saturdays.  With
drum heads made from animal hides, it
originally cost $800.  Today the
mammoth musical instrument that
stands 10-feet tall, serves a focal point
of the school's "All-American" Marching
Band.  Band members make it "dance"
in circular fashion during performances
and the drum sounds off each time the
team scores a TD.
Boilermaker Special
Hailed as the world's largest college
mascot, the Boilermaker Special V is a
9,000-pound, 23-foot vehicle designed to
look like an old-time locomotive.  The
idea to create the mascot as a symbol of
Purdue's invincibility and ingenuity first
developed in 1939.  Since then four
Boilermaker Specials have preceded the
current one that made its debut at the
Sept. 25, 1993, Notre Dame game.  
Wherever it travels, the heavy mascot
serves a reminder of the traditions that
are loved most by alumni and fans.
Besides making a statement in
University athletics, the Boilermaker
Special also makes different ‘special’
appearances.