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Painter, players talk Super Bowl

After what likely will be a grueling practice gearing up for Big Ten leader Michigan State next week, many Purdue players will relax Sunday night by watching the Super Bowl.

Senior Chris Kramer and junior E'Twaun Moore said they'll probably wind up watching the game with teammates.

Both picked the Colts to win.

"I don't think you can bet against Peyton Manning," Kramer said. "I think it'd be great for New Orleans to win after everything they've went through. And seeing a Purdue guy, Drew Brees, win after having such a great season. I really don't care who wins."

Moore, who is a Bears fan, said he won't root for either team.

"Heck yeah, I'm definitely going to watch it," Moore said. "I'm just a fan of the game. Super Bowl, you've got to watch that."

Coach Matt Painter said he'll try to catch some of the game. He prefers to watch basketball, not surprisingly, so if basketball is on, he'll flip between that and football. One reason he'll tune in to the Super Bowl: Brees.

"It's great," Painter said. "What he's been able to do for the city of New Orleans, and he was a guy some people didn't want to take a chance on because of the injury that he'd had. A guy like that, you never want to doubt. Look what he's been able to do for himself, not just his teammates, for the city of New Orleans. It's a great story.

"He's just been a great ambassador for Purdue University. We can't thank him enough for what he's done for our athletic department. Very rarely do you have a guy that gives that much. You're really thankful you've got him at your institution. Coach (Gene) Keady is that way, and every now and then, you'll have a player that is that way. Drew Brees is one of those players that Purdue was lucky to have."