Saturday game days are the best days of the week during the fall football season. Everything we do up until the game is timed out perfectly absolutely no time is wasted on game days. Depending on the time of the game the schedule can be changed but the most frequent time we play at during Saturdays is at noon.
The day for us players starts at 7:30 a.m. with a steak and egg breakfast. After breakfast ends at 8:30 a.m. we are given an hour to iron our suits and our pants for the 211 session in Mackey Arena which is a pep rally that the fans hold for the football team. After the hour is up at 9:30 we break up into position groups and go over the game plan one last time before we take the bus for Mackey at 10:30. After the 211 session ends for us at around 11:00 a.m. we head to the team locker room to get dressed and ready for the game.
After we are dressed we then head over at 11:20 to the game day locker room which is at Ross-Ade stadium. While we are at the locker room we get individually stretched by the strength and conditioning staff and we take supplements such as Spark to get our bodies ready for the game.
“Getting stretched is my favorite part of game day because it helps to get all the tightness you have accumulated in your muscles from the whole week of practice before the game starts,” said Purdue safety Leroy Clark.
At 11:35 a.m. we then take the field as a team and perform our team warm up which takes a total of 15 minutes at best. After we are done with the warm up we head to the locker room at 11:50 a.m. to get a quick team prayer in before we take the field at 11:55 a.m. When that time hits we run out to the field to thousands of fans and fireworks.
“Every time I run through the smoke man it’s something special once you feel the cold air hit your face you know for sure that it’s time to strap up and play some ball,” said Purdue long snapper John Vargyas.
As a player my favorite part of game day is after we win and we sing the Hail Purdue song. Every time I hear that song being sung I know that we have made all the Boilermakers around the country and also around the world proud.