New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees has donated $1 million to his alma mater Purdue's football program, the school announced on Friday morning.
The donation will help with the school's Football Master Plan, which was designed by athletics director Morgan Burke and head football coach Darrell Hazell to create a championship-caliber program. It consists of five points: roster development, recruiting, fan engagement, university support and facilities. Each of those topics was discussed in depth last week at a three-day summit involving university officials - including president Mitch Daniels, board of trustees chairman Tom Spurgeon and vice chairman Mike Berghoff - Burke, Hazell and members of the football coaching staff; Brees and other former football players; and additional alumni and supporters.
"We care so much about Purdue University," Brees said in a statement released by the school. "Purdue has meant so much to me, and it has provided so many things. From the education I received and playing for coach Joe Tiller, to winning a Big Ten championship and going to the Rose Bowl, to the relationships I was able to form with many of my teammates and meeting my beautiful wife ... we are so blessed and so thankful.
Read more about Brees' donation here.