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WEST LAFAYETTE – It was promoted as a Meet, Greet & Eat with Bowl Game Heroes earlier this month at Bruno’s Pizza and Big O’s Sports Room in West Lafayette.

Quarterback Aidan O’Connell and tight end Payne Durham, two stars of Purdue’s Music City Bowl victory over Tennessee last December, were on hand to sign autographs and take pictures with fans for about an hour. Receiver Broc Thompson was scheduled to attend but a last-minute change of plans took him out of town.

This is called a Name, Image and Likeness event, one of several Purdue athletes participated in during the past year since NIL went into effect July 1, 2021.

After the first year of NIL, the dollars and participation numbers generated by Boilermaker athletes won’t blow anyone away.

It wasn’t designed to.

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