With the NFL Draft Behind Us, Kenny Looks at 2023 Prospects

Now that the 2022 NFL Draft is history, it didn’t take long for national media to start thinking about prospects for 2023. A lot of guesswork goes into these projections. Which incoming juniors will make the jump like Purdue’s George Karlaftis and David Bell? Which seniors will improve enough from their junior years to become…

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Draft Day Wrap-Up and Noteworthy Tid-Bits from Kenny

Erich Barnes always believed he belonged in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The former Purdue standout defensive back’s resume reads like a Hall of Famer. Barnes is one of the few NFL players to earn All-Pro honors with three different teams. Seven of his 45 career interceptions were returned for touchdowns. When he retired…

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One Man’s Ranking of Purdue Football’s Previous First Round Draft Picks

George Karlaftis became the 24th Purdue football player taken during the first round of a professional football draft, going 30th overall to the Kansas City Chiefs last week. His selection ended an 11-year first-round drought for the Boilermakers, whose last first-round pick was another All-American defensive end: Ryan Kerrigan. Those 23 first-round selections include three…

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The Long, Fabled History of the Den of Defensive Ends

In these cynical times, from politicians who think lying is no big deal to college basketball transfers being publicly offered $800,000 and a car to sign with a new school, it was nice to see that tradition still means something. George Karlaftis shed a tear in a video produced by Purdue Athletics Communications when informed…

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Kenny Ponders Which Boilermakers Deserve to Have Their Number Retired

Ever since the New York Yankees honored the dying Lou Gehrig in 1939 by declaring no one would wear his No. 4 again, retiring uniform numbers has been seen as the ultimate tribute to an athlete. More than 80 years later, the Yankees have strayed off the path of honoring all-time greats. Paul O’Neill is…

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The Long, Long History of Boilermaker “What Ifs” and More

Purdue athletics history is full of “what If” stories. Near the top of the list is Lee Rose and his brief, brilliant two-year stay in West Lafayette. Rose, 85, died Tuesday. He had been battling Alzheimer’s Disease since 2015. That diagnosis inspired Rose, his wife of more than 60 years Eleanor and Purdue All-American center…

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Is There Time To Change The Course Of Purdue Basketball?

Albert Einstein is sometimes credited with saying “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” That, in a nutshell, describes Purdue basketball over the last 42 years under Gene Keady and Matt Painter. Although it irritates Purdue fans when national media laugh at the Boilermakers’ NCAA…

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All Time Best Boilermakers Plus Thoughts From Kenny

If Purdue fans think that 7-4 Zach Edey and 6-10 Trevion Williams are difficult matchups for opponents, consider this fantasy challenge: a front line that features Hall of Famers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bill Walton. That’s the scenario composed as part of a project by ESPN.com writer Myron Medcalf, who was tasked with picking the all-time…

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Purdue, Painter Preparing for the Big Dance

Press releases from college sports information offices are usually just the facts and figures with a little trivia thrown in for good measure. For example, Matt Painter’s 14 NCAA tournament appearances are the most for an active coach under the age of 55. Painter is 51. I cannot recall the last time an item in…

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