Sept. 13, 2010
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Curtis Painter wasted little time adding his artistic flair to the "Cradle of Quarterback" canvas.
In his first full season as a starter in 2006, Painter broke the Big Ten season passing yards record with 3,985 yards, two more than previous record-holder Drew Brees.
Painter subsequently put the wraps on the 2007 season with a bowl game to remember. He set school records with 546 passing yards and 540 yards of total offense in a 51-48 victory over Central Michigan in the Motor City Bowl, earning the game's MVP award.
Gifted with a powerful arm and Robin Hood accuracy, Painter ranks second at Purdue in career completions (987) and passing yards (11,163) and third in completion percentage (.599) and touchdowns (67). His 12 games of 300-plus passing yards rank second only to Brees' 16.
Painter started his professional career with the NFL's Indianapolis Colts as a backup to Peyton Manning.
Painter will be recognized with an on-field presentation during Purdue's Sept. 18 home game vs. Ball State.
In recognition of its "Cradle of Quarterbacks" heritage and with help from thousands of on-line voters this spring, Purdue's Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, in conjunction with "Gold & Black Illustrated" and the Office of Trademark Licensing, has selected Purdue's top 12 quarterbacks of all-time from a list of 31 multiple-time starters.
A different quarterback will be highlighted each week during the 2010 season. Several will appear on campus during the fall and will be honored at President's Council pregame programs and during games.