Mar 30, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Purdue Boilermakers forward Robbie Hummel poses with his outstanding student athlete award during practice the day before the semifinals of the 2012 NCAA men's basketball Final Four at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE
I wasn't able to mention this last night because I was on the road, but Robbie Hummel's Purdue career got a very well-deserved and happy coda last night when it was announced that he had won the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. For this award, we owe the Hammer & Rails Nation a small thank you, as I know you readers not only voted repeatedly for this when voting was open, but you promoted it relentlessly on social media so others could vote.
Purdue has done very well in the voting aspect of the Award the previous two years with Chris Kramer and E`Twaun Moore, but it was Rob's story that undoubtedly put him over the top to win. We could not ask for a better ambassador for Purdue, and that was before he was cruelly forced to rehab a torn knee twice. His character has always been at the forefront, as you can see:
"I'm extremely humbled to win this award," Hummel said in a statement. "I have great parents who really raised me to do things the right way, and I'm so grateful to them. It's also a testament to my coaches and teammates at Purdue for helping shape my life as I was becoming an adult.
"I've just always tried to do things the right way and be a good guy. Coach (Matt) Painter tells us that the air will eventually come out of the ball and that how we conduct ourselves on and off the court is extremely important. It feels great to be recognized with a great group of people for living up to that standard."
Rob will leave Purdue as a three-time all-Big Ten selection, to go with over 1,700 points, 800 rebounds, and 250 assists. There has been a discussion of late concerning how we can honor him with a banner like E`Twaun Moore and JaJuan Johnson. He was not a first team All-American or a 2,000 point scorer, but winning a national award like the Senior CLASS award could certainly be a worthy qualifying criteria to have his number four hanging in the rafters for all time.
We're incredibly honored to have a guy like Robbie Hummel be a Boilermaker. Boilerdowd will attest that he regularly came out to interact with young fans after game. He was nice enough to sign my piece of Mackey Arena floor after the first JJ and E'Twaun game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. He's always been humble in front of fans, so let us stand an applaud him one more time today.