Purdue football has many of traditions one of those traditions that few outside of Purdue don’t know about is breakfast club. Breakfast club is an event before football games where students dress up in outrageous costumes and go to the local bars and hang out with their friends. Did I also mention that they do this at 5 a.m. in the morning until the start of the game? A few students even decide to wear there costumes out to the football game. The tradition of breakfast club is a fairly new tradition that was started in the late 1980’s by Pete’s bar and grill, now the West Lafayette Library. The idea of breakfast club was originally a marketing ploy to create interest in attending the bar on Saturday’s. After the bars success other bars followed suit thus creating a Purdue football season tradition.
Another Purdue football tradition before the start of the game is reciting the “I am an American” speech. This tradition came about in 1966 by Roy Johnson or known as “The Voice of Purdue”, this tradition truly didn’t become a well loved tradition by fellow Boilermakers until 11 days after the 9/11 attacks during the home game against Akron. During the reciting of this speech one can see a huge American Flag on the field being held by service members and one can also hear the All-American Band of Purdue play the melody that goes along with the well loved speech. Soon after the speech is over the star spangled banner is played by the band.
“Even though it is a new tradition for Purdue I believe it may be one of the best because it reminds us of how blessed we truly are to be an American,” said Purdue safety Leroy Clark.