Stuart Schweigert ranks as one of the most-popular players in Purdue football history - with good reason.
He was personable, good-looking and, oh yes, made play after play from his free safety position.
A highly rated prep prospect out of Saginaw, Mich., Schweigert twice was named first team All-Big Ten - in 2001 and 2003 - and finished as a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award each of his last three seasons. He was a second team All-American in 2003.
The 2000 Big Ten Freshman of the Year set Purdue's career interception record with 17, shattering the previous mark of 11 shared by perennial NFL All-Pro Rod Woodson, among others. Schweigert finished his storied career with 360 tackles (second to Woodson's 445 among Boilermaker defensive backs), 18 pass breakups, five forced fumbles and 2.5 sacks. Schweigert topped the team in tackles as a freshman and sophomore and ranked third as a junior and senior. He became the Purdue career interceptions record-holder with No. 12 vs. Western Michigan on Sept. 14, 2002.
His big-play potential was the stuff of legend. He wrapped up the Boilermakers' amazing come-from-behind 35-28 overtime win at Minnesota on Sept. 29, 2001, with an interception in the end zone, and preserved a 16-10 victory at Wake Forest on Sept. 13, 2003, with a 3-yard tackle for loss with just over a minute to play.
Schweigert was selected in the third round (67th pick) of the 2004 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders. He was the highest Purdue defensive back drafted since Don Anderson went in the second round (32nd pick) to the Indianapolis Colts in 1985.
It was evident the fans loved Schweigert, from the rooting section that called themselves "Stu's Crew" to the Ross-Ade Stadium chants of "Stuuu" after every big play he made.
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