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Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Sign language: Purdue Boilermakers

By Adam Rittenberg


The Boilermaker theme is prevalent around Purdue's athletic complex, and one reminder greets football players every time they enter the weight room. Players see the sign "Train Hard," a nod to their school's nickname but also a reminder of what must be done in the iron jungle to reach their goals on the field in the fall.

Simple yet direct signs are common at Purdue -- former basketball coach Gene Keady placed the sign "Time to play hard" outside the entrance to the court at Mackey Arena. Purdue's best teams have been extremely hardworking, and the Boilers have produced some weight-room superstars in recent years such as former standout defensive linemen Mike Neal and Ryan Kerrigan.

The "Train Hard" sign helps reinforce one of the program's core values.