Purdue to honor late AD with special helmet decal
Morgan J. Burke, Purdue’s Director of Athletics from 1993-2016, passed on June 15 at the age of 68 following a year-long battle with amyloidosis, a rare disease that occurs when an abnormal protein builds up in organs and interferes with their normal functions.
On Wednesday, the university announced plans for their football program to wear a helmet decal honoring Burke throughout the season.
Tom Dienhart of GoldandBlack.com shared the news on Twitter.
Purdue will honor the life and legacy of former vice president and director of athletics Morgan J. Burke with a "MJB" sticker on the rear of its helmets this season. Burke passed away June 1. pic.twitter.com/x1dCdKzt77
— Tom Dienhart (@TomDienhart1) October 21, 2020
Even though Dienhart’s Tweet says June 1, June 15 is the correct date.
62-year-old Mike Bobinski, the Boilermakers’ current AD, assumed the role following Burke’s retirement.
Purdue will begin their 2020 campaign at home against the Iowa Hawkeyes at 3:40 p.m. ET on Saturday on the Big Ten Network.
With head coach Jeff Brohm testing positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19) on October 18, his younger brother, co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Brian Brohm, is slated to serve as the acting head coach and handle the play-calling duties.