Tiller coached the Boilermakers from 1997 to 2008 and during that time, he coached Drew Brees. Brees, who is seemingly a shoo-in for the Pro Football Hall Of Fame once he becomes eligible, played for the Boilermakers from 1997 to 2000.
On Saturday afternoon, Purdue’s official football account on Twitter relayed a message from the All-Pro quarterback.
. @drewbrees about Joe Tiller: "He did so much more than teach us how to win. He taught us life lessons and how to be great leaders and men."
— Purdue Football (@BoilerFootball) September 30, 2017
Coaching isn’t necessarily all about the X’s and O’s. Often times, when players reminisce about their coaches, they talk about how those coaches helped them grow up into being the men they are.
For Brees, it seems like that was exactly the case for the relationship between him and Tiller.
Back in 2008, prior to Tiller’s final game coaching the Boilermakers, ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg posted an article quoting Brees, who talked about Tiller’s impact.
“The job that coach Tiller has done in 12 seasons is phenomenal,” Brees said. “From where the program was when he got there where they had not had a winning season in 13 years to the point of going to ten straight bowl games, a Big Ten Championship and a Rose Bowl, he transformed that program. He transformed the attitude, expectations, culture and everything else about that program. There’s many guys like myself who learned so much and were taught so much by him. He’s a coach that I will always remember and will give a lot of credit to for my success.”
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