Former Purdue quarterback and NFL star, Drew Brees, has joined the Boilermaker Alliance as an executive board member.
The Boilermaker Alliance will provide NIL funding for all Purdue athletes.
The Boilermaker alliance will provide NIL funding to all students who participate in athletics at Purdue University.
“This is something to our knowledge that has not been done by any other group like us,” McKean said. “From the day we started, we recognize the importance of including all our athletes, and it was non-negotiable. Most other organizations are simply looking at revenue sports, but that’s not the Purdue way.”
“It’s about character development. It’s about leadership development. It’s about education, financial education. It’s about putting them in a position where not only can they support foundations, causes, charities that are important to them, and the impact it will have for those groups and those people but also for themselves,” Brees said.
Brees said the current NIL landscape is a “polarizing issue across the country and to be quite honest with you, I think everyone’s just trying to figure out how to navigate it all.”
But Brees has always viewed Purdue as a leader in numerous initiatives throughout its history and believes the Boilermaker Alliance can be the model other organizations strive to emulate.
“Purdue has always tried to do things the right way, the Purdue way and set an example for everyone else,” he said. “I think this is yet another example as we work through this of how we can navigate this time by creating a program by which we can not only support our student-athletes but put them in a position to be as successful as they can possibly be not just on the field, not just in the classroom but in our community.”