Sigma Chi Highly Represented at Annual NFF Dinner
The 2016 National Football Foundation’s Honors Dinner had a significant Sigma Chi flare this year. Held on June 10th at the Purdue Memorial Union Ballrooms, this event recognizes high school scholar athletes and others connected to the game of football. Orchestrated by Jim Vruggink ’71 this annual dinner hosted over 350 guests.
Sig Inducted into Hall of Fame
This year’s inductees into the Indiana Football Hall of Fame included former Purdue coach Jim Young and former Boilermaker stars Pete Quinn and Otis Armstrong.
Jim Young is a Sigma Chi who graduated from Bowling Green State in 1956. Jim was the head coach at Purdue for five years (record of 38-19-1), and had a 5-1 record in bowl games. He posted winning records at Arizona and Army and had a col¬lective record of 120-71-2 in 18 years as a head coach. Jim was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1999.
Brothers Help with Presenting Honors
Tony D’Eramo ‘89’s father, Frank, a Sig and teammate of Jim’s at Bowling Green State, attended the dinner with Tony and saw Mark Herrmann ’81 do the honors of presenting Jim with his award.
Bart Burrell ’81 recounted Pete Quinn’s stellar career protecting Mark Hermann as the center on the Purdue football teams from 1977-1980. Pete, who is a good friend with many Sigma Chis, was voted the greatest center in the first 100 years of Purdue football. Pete has served as color analyst on the Purdue Radio Network for 24 years and will call his 300th game this fall.
And finally the recipient of the Drew Brees ‘01 Mental Toughness Award went to Purdue receiver Danny Anthrop who graduated in May.