Fifth-year running back Sean Matti passed away on July 3, 2011. The Shoreview, Minn., native was extremely dedicated to his teammates and his work ethic was beyond reproach. He will be missed by his family, friends, coaches and teammates. The Boilermakers have dedicated their season in his memory.
Head Coach Danny Hope
"Sean Matti was a coach's dream. He was a very special teammate and I really believe he represented what we're all about. He had an unbelievable amount of pride and he loved Purdue. We are sure going to miss him."
Dan Dierking 2010 team captain
"Watching Sean Matti over the last four seasons it was evident that he was a devastating hitter and a superb athlete. As a tailback it was a dream come true to run behind a fullback like Sean. Sean was an excellent person, an excellent athlete and an even better teammate. Sean's hardworking and relentless spirit will be a part of Boilermaker football for years to come. No. 22 will be remembered for his work ethic and his perfect portrayal of what it means to be a Boilermaker."
Former Running Backs Coach Joel Thomas
"Sean was a silent leader who led by example and who never flinched when times were tough."
2011: Had 30 yards rushing on 11 carries and caught two passes for 32 yards in the annual Black and Gold spring game.
2010: Did not appear in games, member of the scout team ... had 27 yards rushing on five carries and caught two passes for eight yards, including a three-yard touchdown reception, in the annual Black and Gold spring game.
2009: Did not appear in games, member of the scout team.
2008: Did not appear in games , member of the scout team.
2007: Did not appear in games after joining team as a walkon.
High School: Earned all-state, all-metro and all-conference honors after totaling 150 tackles and 12 sacks as senior ... named Suburban East Conference Defensive Player of the Year and team Defensive Player of the Year ... captain of sectional championship team ... all-state and all-conference pick after amassing 120 tackles his junior season ... coach was Chris Simdorn ... also captain of track and field - through shot and discus... set school and section record in discus.
Personal: Given name is Sean Alan Matti ... born Sept. 18, 1988 ... double major in organizational leadership and supervision major and industrial technology ... enjoys lifting weights and making new friends.