WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue quarterback Aidan O’Connell not only makes a difference on the ground, but it also has an impact on the community. Entering his sixth season at Purdue and showing his love for the West Lafayette community throughout his career as a Boilermaker, O’Connell landed on the watch list for the 2022 Wuerffel Trophy.
Named after University of Florida quarterback Danny Wuerffel, the 1996 Heisman Trophy winner, the Wuerffel Trophy honors college football players who serve others, celebrate their positive impact on society, and inspire a greatest service in the world.
Since arriving on campus, O’Connell has attended the annual Special Olympics camp. He also coached Tippy Stars Baseball, a summer special needs baseball program. Making trips to the Boys and Girls Club, O’Connell spent time there as a mentor to children. He continues to be a role model for young people by reading to local elementary school students, emphasizing the importance of reading and studying in general.
O’Connell has extended his service beyond the local community, providing impact in different parts of the world. As one of the leaders of Purdue’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) chapter, the Boilermaker quarterback joined the organization on two mission trips to South Africa. O’Connell spent time at an orphanage, interacting with children and providing a friendly face to brighten their day. While there, he installed a playground fence and was also involved in various other landscaping projects.
The Wuerffel Trophy watchlist is O’Connell’s second recognition for community service ahead of the 2022 season. The Purdue quarterback was also nominated for the 2022 Allstate Good Works team, which will be finalized later this fall.
The Wuerffel Trophy semi-finalists will be announced on November 1 and the finalists will be announced on November 22. The official announcement of the 2022 winner is scheduled for December 8 and the presentation of the 2022 Wuerffel Trophy will take place on February 24. , 2023.