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.
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 at eBay as a "Buy it Now" or "Best Offer" purchase. New items can be viewed at ebay.com/usr/nfftiller. Winning bidders will be notified each week and delivery will be arranged or can be picked up locally in the Greater Lafayette area.
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 long into the future.
Among the valuable items donated for auction by Arnette is 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., with his family to pick up the items assembled from Joe’s illustrious Purdue career. Most of the items were sold on July 27 but a few select items were held back for the online auction later.
Bidding starts at $75,000 or buy it now for $100,000. Email your bids to firstname.lastname@example.org.