Drew Brees Nov 25, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Former New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees waves to fans on the sidelines before the game between the New Orleans Saints and the Buffalo Bills at the Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

The Purdue Boilermakers haven’t received a lot of good news over the past few weeks as former head coach Jeff Brohm is leaving the team to become the next head coach of the Louisville Cardinals and star quarterback Aidan O’Connell is skipping the team’s Citrus Bowl against the LSU Tigers. But they got a massive boost from legendary quarterback Drew Brees on Thursday.

As reported by college football insider Ross Dellenger of Sports Illustrated, Drew Brees, who played for Purdue from 1997 to 2000, will be joining the team as an interim assistant coach.

“Drew Brees, the former NFL quarterback, is being hired as an interim assistant coach at Purdue, source tells @SINow. He wanted to help during the coaching transition. He’ll assist team in prep for the Citrus Bowl and coach in the game. He can also recruit via an NCAA waiver,” Dellenger said in a Tweet on Thursday morning.

It’s a huge move for both the team and Drew Brees, and the college football world had plenty to say about it on Twitter.

While this is not expected to be a long-term move and simply allows Brees to help the team for a short amount of time, this will be Brees’ first opportunity as a coach in any sort of capacity at any level of football.

[Ross Dellenger]