I know many, if not most, of you are not NASCAR fans, but this post does pertain to Purdue. When we think of people to come out of Purdue that draws attention to their alma mater, who do we almost always think of? Neil Armstrong and Drew Brees are the two I really hear about. As a passionate NASCAR fan (the only sport that Purdue sports plays second fiddle to in my life) I present to you this... Ryan Newman, driver of the #39 US Army Chevrolet for Stewart Haas Racing and a Purdue Boilermaker.
The following is just one small example... http://www.nascar.com/news/120213/rnewman-tricky-chemistry/index.html This article was posted today.
You don't have to read far before you see "Purdue." Almost anytime a story is written about Newman, at some point, his engineering degree from Purdue is mentioned. Many times during races, Newman is referred to as "The Boilermaker." And maybe most notably, Newman is widely known to be the only college graduate in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, which is usually followed with a Purdue mention.
I believe TMill did a Profile in Badassery on Newman a year or two ago. If you are new, maybe TMill could provide a link to that article for you to read about. Love NASCAR or hate it, there is no denying its popularity. With that popularity, Purdue gets quite a bit of air time. I just think that is very cool that in my mind, Ryan Newman brings as much attention to Purdue University as Armstrong and Brees.