Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
No player symbolizes the Joe Tiller era at Purdue more than quarterback Drew Brees, who led the Boilermakers to the 2001 Rose Bowl and set almost every significant Big Ten passing record, including marks for career passing yards (11,792), completions (1,026) and total offense (12,692). The Maxwell Award winner in 2000 is in his third season with the New Orleans Saints.
As Tiller prepares for his final game today against Indiana (ESPN2, noon ET), Brees weighed in on the impact the longtime Purdue coach had on him and the program.
"The job that coach Tiller has done in 12 seasons is phenomenal," Brees said. "From where the program was when he got there where they had not had a winning season in 13 years to the point of going to ten straight bowl games, a Big Ten Championship and a Rose Bowl, he transformed that program. He transformed the attitude, expectations, culture and everything else about that program. There's many guys like myself who learned so much and were taught so much by him. He's a coach that I will always remember and will give a lot of credit to for my success."