Oct. 13, 2010
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Time sure flies.
It doesn't seem that long ago that thousands of fans were rushing the field at Ross-Ade Stadium after the Boilermakers defeated intrastate rival Indiana 41-13 to wrap up the second Rose Bowl berth in school history.
Truth is it was Nov. 18, 2000 - or nearly 10 years ago. This Saturday, when the Boilermakers play host to Minnesota at noon, Purdue will pay tribute to that team by wearing throwback helmets, jerseys and pants similar to the ones worn in Pasadena, Calif., against Washington on New Year's Day 2001.
Fans have the opportunity to own this part of the Rose Bowl legacy via an on-line auction.
Packages of a helmet, jersey and pant will be available for the following numbers: 2 (two sets), 3, 4, 9, 13, 14, 15 (two sets), 21, 23, 24, 25, 30, 34, 37, 47, 53, 68, 73, 77, 78, 82, 84, 85, 89, 92, 93, 94 and 98. Bidding starts at $475.
Jersey and pant packages will be available for all other numbers. Bidding stats at $175.
Thirty helmets will be available at a "Buy It Now" price of $400.
The helmets are made by Riddell, while the jerseys and pants are produced by Nike. All items are official and authentic Purdue football equipment. All items are team issued - many will be game worn based on who dresses for the Minnesota contest - and include a Certificate of Authenticity signed by Purdue athletics director Morgan J. Burke.
Fans can begin bidding immediately by clicking here. The jersey and pant package auction will end Oct. 22, while the helmet, jersey and pant package auction will end Oct. 29.
Also available are limited-edition commemorative 2000 season framed collages of home game ticket replicas, a replica of the 2001 Rose Bowl ticket, the iconic photo of head coach Joe Tiller and Drew Brees celebrating the Boilermakers' Rose Bowl berth, the list of game results, and an authentic piece from a football used in the Rose Bowl. They are available at a "Buy It Now" price of $199 and include a Certificate of Authenticity from Mounted Memories. For $209, an official 2001 Rose Bowl Game program will be included.
Additional throwback merchandise is available, as well - including hats, polo shirts and t-shirts - from local merchants as well as online by clicking here.