1887 Purdue football
1887 record0–1
Head coachAlbert Berg (1st season)
CaptainJ. B. Burris
Home stadiumnone
1889 →

The 1887 Purdue football team was an American football team that represented Purdue University during the 1887 college football season. The team compiled an 0–1 record in the university's first season fielding an intercollegiate football team. Albert Berg, a deaf 23-year-old Princeton alumnus, was the team's coach.[1] The team of 12 players practiced for one week before playing in the school's first official football game.

The Purdue University football team traces its origin back to October 29, 1887, when its team fell to Butler College by a score of 48–6 in Indianapolis, Indiana.[1] A group of students at Purdue University formed the school's first football team in 1887.[2] Albert Berg was hired as the coach. Despite being deaf, Berg was reportedly "the only man in the territory with any knowledge of the game."[3] Berg was 23 years old when he became Purdue's football "coacher."[4] He was paid $1 for each lesson he gave to the newly organized football team and had only one week to prepare the team for its first game.[4][5][6] The 1887 Purdue team played its only game on October 29, 1887, against the Butler College team at Athletic Park in Indianapolis. Butler soundly defeated Berg's squad by a score of 48–6.[1][7]

J. B. Burris was the team captain.[8]



October 29at ButlerL 6–48


  • Henry Luke Bolley
  • J. B. Burris
  • Henry Caraway
  • Charles Gough
  • R. Gregory
  • L. D. Hord
  • Dumont Lotz
  • B. F. McCoy
  • Charles Middleton
  • John Moore
  • W. J. Ransdall


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "1887-1909: In the beginning ...". Purdue University. 2008. p. 25.
  2. "College Football Data Warehouse Purdue Boilermakers coaching records". College Football Data Warehouse. Archived from the original on February 16, 2010. Retrieved December 5, 2013.
  3. Paula Waltz (September 13, 1980). "Berg used sign language for players: Purdue's first football coach a deaf-mute". Journal and Courier, Lafayette, Indiana. Archived from the original on August 22, 2011.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Fred D. Cavinder (2003). More Amazing Tales from Indiana. Indiana University Press. p. 47. ISBN 0253216532.
  5. "2008 Purdue Football Media Guide: Coaching History". Purdue University. 2008. p. 25.
  6. Robert C. Kriebel (2009). Ross-Ade: Their Purdue Stories, Stadium, and Legacies. Purdue University Press. pp. 33–39. ISBN 1557535221.
  7. "Purdue Yearly Results". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved December 8, 2015.
  8. "Purdue 2006 Football Information Guide (Supplemental Material)". Purdue University. p. 83 of 97. Retrieved December 29, 2016.
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