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Former Purdue QB Elijah Sindelar finds happiness after football

There's more to life than just sports. Elijah Sindelar spent most of his life playing sports including football.

Posted: Jun 25, 2020 6:05 PM
Updated: Jun 25, 2020 8:47 PM

CARMEL, Ind. (WLFI) — There's more to life than just sports.

Elijah Sindelar spent most of his life playing sports including football.

But the Purdue quarterback decided to turn the page on his career instead of pursing one in the NFL.

Sindelar experienced several highs and lows with the Boilermakers. Not to mention, several injuries.

"Oh my goodness," Sindelar said. "That's a long list: torn ACL, pulled oblique, concussion, broken collarbone. I'm probably missing things."

Those things — those injuries changed Sindelar's life.

"I'm not playing football anymore," Sindelar said. "I'm married and I have an engineering job."

After engineering offenses for many years, Sindelar now works at the Fiat Chrysler Transmission Plant in Tipton.

"Basically all I do is troubleshoot which as an engineer is probably the best thing about the job," Sindelar said. "I love being able to problem-solve."

Two and a half years ago, Sindelar and the Boilermakers solved Arizona's defense to win the Foster Farms Bowl.

Sindelar threw for nearly 400 hundred yards and 4 touchdowns on a torn ACL. Sindelar's greatest problem in college wasn't reading defenses or studying electric magnetic fields but taking care of himself.

"The concussion is the one that scared me if I'm being honest," Sindelar said. "I couldn't really see. I couldn't look at light, couldn't think or concentrate. That scared me to the point of maybe I need to rethink what I'm doing."

Today, Sindelar lives in Carmel. He's traded in his No. 2 jersey for badge No. 1763627.

"I have no regrets," Sindelar said. "When I make decisions I'm going to make sure I have no regrets because I don't want to look back on it and wish I had done something different so I'm happy with the decision that I made."

Sindelar is at peace.

"Purdue was tremendous to me and I have so much respect for the school and the program," Sindelar said. "I graduated from Purdue. I'm an electrical engineer and I played Division I football so all-in-all I'm pretty happy."

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