Oct. 24, 2011
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Highlighted by a dominating performance by Drew Brees Sunday night against the Indianapolis Colts, the "Cradle of Quarterbacks" continues to live up to its name.
Aided by a game in which Brees connected on 31 of 35 pass attempts for 325 yards and five touchdowns, Purdue quarterbacks who have gone on to the National Football League have passed for more yards than any other school.
According to information kept by playerfilter.com, Purdue signal-callers have amassed 172,114 passing yards, ahead of Notre Dame with 167,580 yards.
Brees recently surpassed Jim Everett (34,837) as the Purdue NFL leader with his current 37,418 yards passing. Len Dawson (28,711), Bob Griese (25,092), Gary Danielson (13,764) and Kyle Orton (13,753) round out the top six.
Purdue also is tops in completions (14,078), completion percentage (.582) and touchdown passes (1,138).
The Boilermakers have three alums presently playing for pay - Brees, Orton and Curtis Painter - while the Fighting Irish have two - Jimmy Clausen and Brady Quinn.