Purdue Pete


Purdue Pete is the unofficial mascot of the Purdue football team -- the BoilerMakers.

Legend has it that in the early years of Purdues football, there was a shortage of players, so the coaches recruited men from the nearby Monon Railroad Factory. Pete is one of these tough workers who worked (with hammers) on the big steam engines (Boilers).

The Purdue Pete image was created in 1940 as an advertising logo for the University Book Store. From 1956 mascots dressed as Purdue Pete have appeared at football games.

The official team mascot is a train -- the BoilerMaker Express:


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