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Support Joe Tiller's legacy through our Tiller Memorabilia Auction

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  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 Purtdue 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


Former Purdue quarterback Drew Brees is again offering tickets for his NFL road trip appearance in the Midwest this fall to generate additional donations for the Joe Tiller Endowment.

After a wonderfully-successful event last fall for a bus-load of 32 Purdue/Drew Brees fans for a New Orleans Saints game in Cincinnati, Brees will provide the same opportunity for the Saints-Bears game in Chicago’s Soldiers Field on Sunday, Oct. 20.  

Drew is providing on-field sideline passes along with tickets to the 3:25 p.m. CT game and a post-game “Meet & Greet” photo session. The round-trip will include bus transportation, snacks and tailgate food, tickets and passes. 

This great opportunity will go to the highest bidders in three categories, with maximum participation still to be determined by Drew.  

The field passes will be for pre-game warmups only and the seats will be the typical visiting team cheering section high in the end zone at Soldiers Field. Perceived value – and starting points for the bidding -- of each of three category opportunity are:  

Package A – Bid to include fan bus trip, tailgate food, game ticket, brief pre-game on-field opportunity and post-game “Meet & Greet” – Starting bids at $1,000 per person.

Package B – Same as above except fan acquires his/her own ticket in the stands – Starting bids at $900 per person.

Package C – Fan acquires his/her own tickets and transportation, but still participates in brief on-field opportunity and post-game “Meet & Greet” – Starting bids at $800 each.

Interested parties should submit their bids by email by Oct. 6 at which time Drew will help determine the number of winning bids. Updates regarding the top bids will be emailed later that week.

To bid, provide your name, email address, phone number, number of tickets, your bid, and your package to Kelly Kitchel ( by midnight Oct. 6.

So, as Brees continues his assault on the NFL record books, shattering most of the career records set by Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, let’s plan a celebration in Chicago for one of the greatest Boilermakers of all time. And, let the bidding begin. 

For more information between now and Sept. 21, call Jim Vruggink at 765-427-3303. After that, call Kelly Kitchel at 765-412-7215.

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