WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Purdue welcomes nine new members into the 2013 Hall of Fame class.
Among those to be inducted on September 28 is former Purdue football head coach Joe Tiller.
Tiller spent 15 years of his coaching career at Purdue, three as an assistant coach (1982-85) and 12 as head coach (1997-2008). As head coach, he set the school record with 87 victories. In Tiller's final game, the Boilermakers dominated intrastate rival Indiana 62-10 on Nov. 22, 2008, before a sellout-plus crowd of 63,107 fans at Ross-Ade Stadium, to recapture the Old Oaken Bucket. He wound up his career with an 87-62 record, including 53-43 in Big Ten Conference games and a 10-2 mark against the Hoosiers. Tiller's 149 games coached are the most in Purdue football annals.
Tiller introduced Purdue to the spread offense, featuring multiple wide receivers and forcing defenses to cover the field from sideline to sideline. It was a radical change from the smash-mouth Big Ten and, in the basketball-crazed state of Indiana, was dubbed affectionately "basketball on grass." The result was 10 bowl games, including the 2001 Rose Bowl, an average of more than seven wins per season and a Big Ten Championship in 2000. Tiller coached 64 players who went on to the National Football League, six All-Americans and two Academic All-Americans.
Tiller joins eight other Boilermakers in the Hall of Fame. Those eight other inductees are:
~ Tony Butkovich, football, 1943
~ Alpha Jamison, football, baseball and track and field athlete, football and basketball coach, 1892-1901
~ Matt Light, football, 1996-2000
~ Stacey Lovelace, basketball, 1993-96
~ Willie Merriweather, basketball, 1957-59
~ Carol Mertler, field hockey coach and administrator, 1975-1988
~ Serene Ross, track and field, 1999-2002
~ Dick Walbaum, administrator, 1984-2001
Light is another recent Boilermaker that has made a big impact in the football community.
Light was drafted by the New England Patriots in 2001. He was a starter from his rookie year until 2012, the year he retired. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2007 and 2008. He helped lead the Patriots to three Super Bowl wins. In July of 2012, he joined ESPN as an NFL analyst.
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