Purdue Great Flowers Dies


The Boiling Point: Purdue great Bernie Flowers died at the age of 81 on Thursday night.

Purdue great and former All-American Bernie Flowers died unexpectedly on Thursday night after collapsing in his home, according to the Purdue Exponent. He was 81.

Flowers had his All-America season in 1952 and was one of the most likable former Purdue football players. He spent his post-football career in the Lafayette area as an insurance agent and has a hamburger, the Bernie Flowers All-Pro, named after him at Triple XXX in West Lafayette. Flowers was inducted into the Purdue Athletics Hall of Fame in 2003.

According to the Exponent, Bernie’s daughter, Dayna, announced his death in an e-mail on Thursday night. Funeral arrangements are pending.