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GOLD AND BLACK ILLUSTRATED VOLUME 28, ISSUE 4 14 included former Boilermaker Raphael Davis, who was in attendance. P.J. Thompson had a list, too, and specifically told Painter thank you be- cause "he always believed in me when other people didn't." Thompson noted Purdue was his only Big Ten offer. "I'm happy now because we got payback, won at every place in the Big Ten," Thompson said of this senior class during his speech when he could have listed so many other accomplish- ments, like their 100-35 record to that point that included a school-best 62 home victories. Thompson was eloquent, too, when specifically thanking his younger brother Isaiah, mom and dad, giving examples of why he loved them and how supportive they were. For Thomp- son, like the rest of his teammates, there was purpose to each word. Not just because they understood at least a piece of what the moment meant for them, but more so because they knew what it meant to everyone in the building. "It was just really cool," Thompson said afterward of the day. "For me, it hit me a couple days ago. I was up until 4 in the morning. I just couldn't sleep. Dakota was my roommate in the hotel, and we were writing some notes for our speeches and it just hit us like, 'Man, it's really our last time playing.' It was kind of emotional writing it. "Mackey is a special place. It was awesome. I think we've all done a fair share for this program to get it to where it needs to go." j From Our Window World Family We Love the Boilermakers! Five Indiana Locations Lafayette • Indianapolis Terre Haute • Muncie • Columbus 765-588-9207 CERAMIC • ENGINEERED HARDWOOD LAMINATES • MARBLE CARPETING Specializing in • Homes • Businesses • Churches • Schools Where Contractors Buy Their Flooring Builders! Call our Contract Department and ask for our Contract Specialist 3437 South Street 765-447-9393 800-403-6889 FAX 765-448-9978 Across from the Post Office GO BOILERS

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