Purdue is hosting Northwestern on Saturday, and the Boilermakers recruited one of the best players in program history to pump up the team.
Former Purdue All-American and Pro Football Hall of Famer Rod Woodson stopped by West Lafayette to deliver a pregame speech, telling the Boilermakers players to believe in themselves, play from their hearts and show “the will to win.”
— Purdue Football (@BoilerFootball) November 12, 2016
Woodson played cornerback at Purdue from 1983-86, collecting 11 interceptions and earning All-America honors as a senior. He was drafted 10th in the 1987 NFL Draft and played 17 NFL seasons, including 10 for the Pittsburgh Steelers. In 1993, he was name NFL Defensive Player of the Year. He hold the NFL record for interception-return touchdowns and ranks third all-time with 73 career picks.
Woodson was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2009.
The Boilermakers, who are 3-6 on the season, are going all-out with high-profile alumni over the season’s final weeks. Purdue announced that Drew Brees would visit the team before next week’s game against Wisconsin.
Purdue and Northwestern kick off at noon E.T. at Ross-Ade Stadium.