Arnette Tiller donates Purdue memorabilia back to NFF, football fans

Joe Tiller's chapter of the National Football Foundation to auction off more memorabilia from the Tiller era of Purdue football.

Posted: Aug 25, 2019 9:29 PM
Updated: Aug 27, 2019 8:56 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — If you were a fan of Joe Tiller while he was accumulating a record of 87 victories as the head football coach at Purdue, then you might be interested in bidding on some of the remaining memorabilia items donated by Arnette Tiller (Joe’s wife) to the Joe Tiller Chapter of the National Football Foundation.

Different items are available each week, starting this week, for online bidding that will culminate at the end of the 2019 football season with the sale of the Tiller’s RV. Hundreds of items were first made available for viewing and sale during the Tiller Memorabilia Sale on July 27 in the Feature Gym at the Cordova Recreational Sports Center at Purdue. That event netted about $11,000 for the Tiller Endowment.

The online portion of the Tiller Memorabilia Sale continues as an auction kicking off on August 26. Each Monday morning at 8:00 a.m. ET new items will be pictured at nfftillerchapter.org/auction.

Bids must be submitted at tillerauction@gmail.com before 11:59 p.m. ET each Saturday. Winning bidders will be notified early in the next week and delivery details will be arranged.

Among the valuable items, donated for auction by Arnette and available later this fall, will be the recreational vehicle the Tillers purchased, following Joe’s retirement from Purdue. The vehicle is a 2013 Winnebago Vista Rally 26H featuring low mileage (about 9,000 miles). It is 26 feet long, built on a Ford truck chassis, and it runs on regular gasoline.

The RV is among the items delivered to West Lafayette by former Tiller player and current NFF Chapter President Kelly Kitchel, following a late spring trip to Buffalo, Wyo., to pick up the items assembled from Joe’s illustrious career. Most of the items were sold on July 27, but a few select items were held back for the on-line auction.

Proceeds from these sales are Arnette’s donation to the Tiller Chapter Endowment, which was started last December following the fund-raising auction of NFL tickets donated by Drew Brees, quarterback of the New Orleans Saints and former Boilermaker star under Tiller.

The endowment should surpass the $50,000 plateau by the end of this year on its way to a goal of $500,000. It lives at the Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette, where the annual interest will be used to help support the chapter’s ongoing commitments into the future.

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