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When Drew Brees heard a 1930s-era Purdue jersey worn by John Wooden was being sold at auction Youth Isaac Yiadom Jersey , he saw an opportunity to help his alma mater showcase its ties to a man most known for winning 10 NCAA men's basketball titles as UCLA's coach.

Brees says he paid $264,000 to win a late-hour bidding war for the jersey in mid-May and will allow Purdue to display it at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Indiana.

"I had never seen any Purdue related in regards to memorabilia ever from John Wooden," the New Orleans Saints quarterback said in a phone interview with The Associated Press. "I mean, think about it, it's over 80 years ago. So the minute that I saw this, I thought 'This belongs at Purdue. Purdue has to have this and I'll do whatever I can to make sure they do.'"

The jersey is white 鈥?albeit somewhat yellowed by time 鈥?with "Purdue" written across the front in gold letters with black trim. A gold No. 13 with black trim is on the back.

"It certainly should be appreciated by anyone who steps foot in the Mackey Arena, no matter if you're a Purdue fan or not," Brees said. "If you're a basketball fan, if you're a fan of the game and legacy that John Wooden left for all of us, it's an incredible piece of history."

Wooden was an All-Big Ten player at Purdue between 1930 and 1932 and briefly played in fledgling pro basketball leagues before going into coaching. He coached at UCLA from 1948 to 1975 and became known as the "Wizard of Westwood" when he coached the Bruins to 10 NCAA titles in a 12-season span from 1964 to 1975.

Brees said he has long been an admirer of Wooden and has consumed a number of Wooden's written works, incorporating his teachings and philosophy into football and his various business pursuits.

"This is truly one of a kind. There's only one of these that exist and it belonged to the man who arguably has had the biggest impact on the game of basketball 鈥?not just that but his teachings transcend the game of basketball," Brees said. "His books Adidas Aleksander Barkov Jersey , his literature, his influence and the world of business and the world of sport is unparalleled."

Brees and his wife, Brittany, who also attended Purdue, have been heavily involved in fundraising for school, having donated more than $3 million.

Brees took possession of the Wooden jersey in the early morning hours of May 18 but kept his winning bid quiet because he wanted to surprise top Purdue athletic officials with the item at an event on Tuesday night.

For years, the jersey was in the possession of one of Wooden's college friends, according to an article about its discovery in the Journal and Courier of West Lafayette. That friend later gave the jersey to his own grandson, John Neff, but never told him Wooden had worn it. For years, Neff didn't realize the jersey belonged to Wooden until curiosity about its origins led him to have it authenticated by sports memorabilia experts. He sold it through Heritage Auctions.


Walt Coleman doesn't see the revamped catch rule as a big change for NFL game officials because the veteran referee believes they've already been calling catches the new way.

If anything, Coleman figures there will be fewer reviews of their rulings.

"Most of the calls that seemed to create the most controversy, we ruled them correctly and then they were overturned on replay Authentic Kevin Long Jersey ," Coleman said Friday as officials gathered for their annual preseason meeting in the Dallas area. "From our standpoint, we're just going to continue to officiate the plays like we have."

League owners unanimously approved the changes in April 鈥?more than three years after Dez Bryant's infamous catch that wasn't in Dallas' playoff loss at Green Bay, and just a few months since Pittsburgh's Jesse James had a late go-ahead touchdown taken away in a loss to New England that damaged the Steelers' hopes for the AFC's top seed.

Essentially, the new rule eliminates the ground as a factor on catches while establishing three main criteria:

鈥攈aving control of the ball;

鈥攇etting two feet down or another body part;

鈥攎aking a football move, such as taking a third step or extending the ball.

On the plays involving Bryant and James, the ball moved slightly after hitting the ground as they extended it forward, even though they never lost control of it. Both were ruled catches and overturned on review.

"I don't think it was one thing," senior vice president of officiating Al Riveron said. "I think we got to a point where fans, the office, coaches, players, wanted to see more exciting plays. How do we make this particular play a catch? How do we take the Dez Bryant play and make it a catch?"

Riveron said the competition committee consulted with coaches, former players Kendall Wright Color Rush Jersey , game officials and supervisors, among others, to reach the rule change that was approved.

The committee cited overturned receptions by James and fellow tight end Zach Miller of Chicago last season among the dozens of plays they reviewed "dozens of times," according to committee chairman Rick McKay, president of the Atlanta Falcons.

Ron Torbert, going into his fifth season as a referee and ninth overall as a game official, doesn't think the new rule is just about simplicity.

"We had a good idea of what it was and how to officiate it," Torbert said. "We certainly understand that the way it was written, plays that people wanted to be a catch weren't a catch under the older rule. We understand that."

And while game officials are hesitant to share opinions on anything related to their role, they can see where fans sit with the catch rule.

"I think fans will like it more because we've got some of the greatest athletes in the world who can do things that no one else can do," Torbert said. "To be able to see them rewarded with a catch when under the old rule, it may not have been a catch, I think from that standpoint the fans will enjoy the game more."

Coleman Carlton Davis Jersey Buccaneers , getting ready for his 30th NFL season, was in his third year as a referee when he called the reversal in the "tuck rule" game during the playoffs following the 2001 season. He changed what had been ruled a fumble by New England quarterback Tom Brady to an incompletion, leading to a winning field goal that sent the Patriots on their way to the first of five Super Bowl titles.

While he didn't make the call on the Bryant catch that was overturned (recently retired Gene Steratore did), Coleman saw similarities in how reactions to the two calls lingered for years. And he certainly heard from fans on the catch rule in general .

"People just didn't understand that you had to hold on to the ball going to the ground," Coleman said. "When you catch the ball and you reach out, everybody thought that should be a catch. The way the rule was written, it wasn't."

And now the way the rule is written, it is.

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