Sept. 3, 2010
CHICAGO - The Big Ten Network has named Purdue's Drew Brees as Big Ten Icon No. 48.
Big Ten Icons, the network's most ambitious multi-platform initiative to date, is counting down the top 50 student-athletes in Big Ten history on BigTenIcons.com based solely on their collegiate playing careers.
Brees, who played quarterback at Purdue from 1997 to 2000, etched his name in the Purdue and Big Ten record books in nearly every conceivable fashion. He finished his collegiate career with the most passing yards (11,792), touchdown passes (90), total offensive yards (12,693), completions (1,026) and attempts (1,678) of any quarterback in Big Ten history. The native of Austin, Texas, won the Maxwell Award in 2000 as the nation's most outstanding player.
In an essay for BigTenIcons.com, former Chicago Tribune sports editor Dan McGrath writes, "He not only rewrote the record book at a school that's renowned for prolific passers, he presided over one of the most successful eras in Purdue history."
To read the entire essay and watch a video feature on Brees, visit his Big Ten Icons locker at BigTenIcons.com.
Icons 50 through 21 are being unveiled through Sept. 16 at BigTenIcons.com. The website also will feature essays, video and other key facts about each student-athletes' career. Viewers can also participate in the "Talk of the Locker Room" contest with a chance to win the $10,000 grand prize. Weekly winners will take home a 55-inch Phillips HD television.
The television show, hosted by legendary college sports broadcaster Keith Jackson, debuts Sept. 18 following a Big Ten Network football telecast in which Icon No. 20 will be revealed. The countdown continues at 9 p.m. ET every Tuesday night through the end of football season and into the spring. The No. 1 Big Ten Icon will be revealed around the 2011 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament.