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GOLD AND BLACK ILLUSTRATED VOLUME 28, ISSUE 1 38 half the town of Buffalo, Tiller's players at Wyoming and Purdue and even some of his college teammates from Montana State. "It was a great chance to thank the old man for all he did for us," All-America kicker Travis Dorsch said. "With the guys we had there — we had CEOs of companies to future NFL Hall of Famers and just overall great people there — that speaks to the impact that Coach had on us all." For the inner circle, it's been no secret Tiller has been battling some chronic health issues lately. And that played a role in mobilizing his foot- BY ALAN KARPICK I t was time. Since Joe Tiller permanently moved to Wyoming not long after his Boilermaker coaching tenure ended nine years ago, he has given a tongue-in-cheek blanket invitation for former players and friends to visit him and wife Arnette at their home in Buffalo. During the first weekend of July, several former players and coaches took him up on the offer. Joe and Arnette were celebrat- ing their 50th wedding anniversary with a party that involved Anniversary Gathering PRESENTS: PURDUE'S GREATEST STORIES, TRADITIONS AND PEOPLE Joe and Arnette Tiller, on their wedding day in 1967, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with former players and coaches. Members of Boilermaker football family recall trek to Wyoming to celebrate Travis Dorsch During the visit, Tiller and Drew Brees went toe-to-toe in a game of Cribbage. Brees' appearance in Buffalo, Wyo., was icing on the cake for the memorable visit.

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