Drew And Brittany Brees To Donate $1 Million To Purdue's Revitalized Football Program
Former record-setting Purdue quarterback and current New Orlean Saints quarterback, Drew Brees, and his wife Brittany, have committed to donate $1 million to the Purdue football program. The donation will help the "Football Master Plan" that the school's athletic director, Morgan Burke, and head football coach, Darell Hazell, created in order to create a championship-caliber football program.
The plan will focus on five specific points: recruiting, roster development, facilities, fan engagement, and university support. These points were discussed during a three day conference, which involved the likes of "president Mitch Daniels, board of trustees chairman Tom Spurgeon and vice chairman Mike Berghoff - Burke, Hazell and members of the football coaching staff; Brees and other former football players; and additional alumni and supporters," according to PurdueSports.com.
This is not the first time Drew and Brittany have donated money to their alma mater. In 2007, they gave $2 million to assist academic side of athletics within Purdue. They even have a complex at the university named after them: The Drew and Brittany Brees Student-Athlete Academic Center.
Brittany, also a graduate of Purdue, has a bachelor's degree in organizational leadership and supervision, and she runs the Brees Dream Foundation, which helps families in need. The foundation focuses much of its efforts on giving back to families with people suffering from the effects of cancer. Since 2003, the foundation has given $22 million to these families.
Drew played for the Boilermakers from 1997 to 2000. He currently holds Big Ten career records for completions (1,026), passing attempts (1,678), passing yards (11,792), total offense (12,692), and passing touchdowns (90). During his senior campaign, Brees excelled enough to win the Maxwell Award, given to the nation's top player, as well as finishing 3rd in the Heisman Trophy voting. Not only was he an incredible athlete in college, but he was an incredible person off the field. He graduated with an industrial management degree, and he was named the Academic All-American of the Year. Drew was also the very first recipient of the Socrates Award, which recognizes the nation's finest athlete in terms of athletics, academics, and community service.