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Brees gives to alma mater for athlete academics center

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is giving $2 million to his alma mater, Purdue University,
for a student-athlete academics center.

The Drew and Brittany Brees Student-Athlete Academic Center will
fill 11,000 square feet in the Intercollegiate Athletic Facility
next to Mackey Arena. The academic center in that facility now
occupies 6,500 square feet.

The Brees Center is part of Mackey Arena's renovation project
scheduled for completion in 2011.

``Drew and Brittany's gift reinforces their commitment to having
it both ways _ championships and diplomas,'' said athletic director
Morgan Burke, who will announce the gift Friday night during the
Purdue Athletic Director's Dinner.

Brees set 12 Big Ten Conference and 18 Purdue records and led
the team to the Rose Bowl after the 2000 season. He is in his
seventh NFL season, his second with the New Orleans Saints.

Brees' wife Brittany also is a Purdue graduate, earning a
bachelor's degree in organizational leadership and supervision in
2000. She heads the Brees Dream Foundation for disadvantaged
children.