Drew Christopher Brees (//; born January 15, 1979) is an American football quarterback for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL). Since joining the Saints in 2006, Brees has led the NFL in passing yards, touchdowns and completions. Along the way, he became the MVP of Super Bowl XLIV, set NFL single season records for passing yards in a season (5,476 in 2011), completion percentage in a season (71.2 percent in 2011) and set the mark for consecutive games with a touchdown pass (54). He played college football for Purdue University, and was chosen by the San Diego Chargers in the second round of the 2001 NFL Draft. He left college as one of the most-decorated players in Purdue and Big Ten history, establishing 2 NCAA records, 13 Big Ten Conference records and 19 Purdue University records. He remains the Big Ten Conference record-holder in virtually every passing category, including completions (1,026), yards (11,792) and touchdowns (90).
Purdue University, located in West Lafayette, Indiana, is the flagship university of the six-campus Purdue University system. Purdue was founded on May 6, 1869, as a land-grant university when the Indiana General Assembly, taking advantage of the Morrill Act, accepted a donation of land and money from Lafayette businessman John Purdue to establish a college of science, technology, and agriculture in his name. The first classes were held on September 16, 1874, with six instructors and 39 students.
The university was founded with the gift of $150,000 from John Purdue, a Lafayette business leader and philanthropist, along with $50,000 from Tippecanoe County, and 150 acres (0.6 km²) of land from Lafayette residents in support of the project. In 1869, it was decided that the new school would be built near the city of Lafayette and established as Purdue University, in the name of the institution’s principal benefactor.