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June 20, 2012
Former Boilermaker Ryan Kerrigan announced a partnership to be the spokesman for Purdue's 12th Boiler on Wednesday.
For each 12th Boiler item purchased, the vendor makes a donation to the 12th Boiler endowment fund, which provides one scholarship to a football player each year. The program is in its third year.
Kerrigan's first project is a clothing line with "47 Brand" in which he selected pieces that show his vintage fashion sense: Attire with simple designs. The new designs will be introduced twice a year, and University Bookstore will be the first store to sell the items.
"I'm honored to have been chosen to be part of this process because I really can appreciate what the 12th Boiler foundation stands for," Kerrigan said at a news conference inside Mackey Arena on Wednesday. "I think it's a great organization also because it can give an opportunity for alumni, like myself, to give back in a way that's going to directly affect the football program, which I was very close to for four years."
Kerrigan, a first-round pick by the Redskins last season, was back in West Lafayette for a golf outing and the National Football Foundation banquet on Thursday.
Kerrigan said he's been working on his golf game to prepare for the event.
"It's getting better," Kerrigan said. "(Thursday) will be the true test. I've never played Kampen, This ought to be a doozy."
For more from Kerrigan, including his thoughts on his second year in the NFL, Purdue's new president and some of his former Purdue teammates, check out the video above.