Den of Defensive Ends Flourishing In NFL

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Anthony Spencer, shown hoisting the Old Oaken Bucket in 2006, has played his entire six-year NFL career with the Dallas Cowboys.
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Anthony Spencer, shown hoisting the Old Oaken Bucket in 2006, has played his entire six-year NFL career with the Dallas Cowboys.
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Dec. 27, 2012

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Bowl Tickets Available Through Sunday

Tickets for the Heart of Dallas Bowl on Jan. 1 between Purdue and Oklahoma State will remain on sale through Sunday.

The easiest way to order is on-line.

In addition, the Purdue Athletic Ticket Office will be open Thursday until 5 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For phone orders, during business hours, call 494-3194 or 800-49-SPORT.

All tickets ordered through the close of business Thursday will be delivered via FedEx. Orders taken Friday through Sunday will be available at will-call in Dallas.

There will be two will-call options in Dallas:

Hyatt Regency Dallas (300 Reunion Blvd.), near the registration desk on the lobby level - Dec. 30 (noon to 3 p.m. CT) and Dec. 31 (9 a.m. to noon CT).

Game-day will-call, from 9 a.m. through halftime, will be in the Embarcadero Building along Nimitz Avenue, on the northeast side of the Cotton Bowl - No. 17 on this map.

Tickets for the Heart of Dallas Bowl are priced at $75.

In conjunction with the Heart of Dallas Bowl, the Purdue Athletics Department has set up a program where fans can purchase tickets to be donated to local community programs.

In addition, Boilermaker Nation can help defray the cost of sending the Purdue "All-American" Marching Band and/or the Reamer Club to the game.

To take part in either initiative, click here, call 494-3194 or 800-49-SPORT, or visit the Athletic Ticket Office during regular business hours.

Heart of Dallas is a new non-profit organization that hosts sports and entertainment events benefitting Dallas charities.

Proceeds from Heart of Dallas activities will be used to invest in collective impact strategies that make Dallas a better place. Demonstrating Heart of Dallas' commitment to its home city, net profits from the Heart of Dallas Bowl - the organizations' inaugural event - will benefit charities serving the homeless population in Dallas.

Purdue is playing in back-to-back bowl games for the first time since 2006 and 2007 and its 12th bowl game in the last 16 seasons.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Five former Boilermakers rank among the top 27 in sacks in the National Football League heading into the final week of the regular season.

They are all members of Purdue's Den of Defensive Ends :

Anthony Spencer, Dallas: Tied for 15th with 10.0 sacks
Cliff Avril, Detroit: Tied for 18th with 10.5 sacks
Shaun Phillips, San Diego: Tied for 18th with 10.5 sacks
Ryan Kerrigan, Washington: Tied for 25th with 8.5 sacks
Rob Ninkovich, New England: Tied for 27th with 8.0 sacks

Over the last 16 years, Purdue has have fielded outstanding defensive ends, creating a tradition unlike any other in college football.

The Den of Defensive Ends has become a talent-rich, nationally feared group of Purdue standouts, starting with Rosevelt Colvin and Chike Okeafor in the late-1990s and continuing to Kerrigan, a unanimous All-American in 2010 and subsequent NFL first-round draft pick. All nine of its members have gone on to outstanding NFL careers and made Purdue a hot spot for professional talent at the position.

Den of Defensive Ends
Rosevelt Colvin, 1995-98
Chike Okeafor, 1994-96, 1998
Akin Ayodele, 1999-2001
Shaun Phillips, 2000-03
Ray Edwards, 2003-05
Rob Ninkovich, 2004-05
Anthony Spencer, 2003-06
Cliff Avril, 2004-07
Ryan Kerrigan, 2007-10

Elsewhere ...

Former Purdue quarterback Drew Brees leads the NFL with 4,781 passing yards and 39 passing touchdowns. He is the first player in league history to record at least 4,500 yards in three consecutive seasons. Since 2010, Brees has 14,877 passing yards, the most in any three-year span in NFL history.