Purdue Football Player Drowns In Weekend Accident

By Dean Pantazi

Purdue Football Player Drowns In Weekend Accident

July 6, 2011 Updated Jul 6, 2011 at 12:26 AM EDT

UNDATED (Indiana's NewsCenter) - The Carroll County coroner Tuesday morning confirmed the death of Purdue football player Sean Matti due to drowning at a lake near Monticello.

“On behalf of the entire Purdue Boilermaker family, our hearts go out to Sean’s family – Frank and Karen, Samantha, Kyle and Amanda – and all those who knew and loved him,” athletics director Morgan Burke said. “It is during difficult times like these that families must unite to grow stronger, and we extend our hands out to help however we can.”

Head coach Danny Hope said: “Purdue football is a family, and I am terribly saddened by the loss of one of our young men. Sally’s and my prayers continue to go out to Sean’s family and all his friends and loved ones. He was a special young man whose positive spirit will be a part of our program forever.”

Matti, from Shoreview, Minn., was reported missing Sunday around 11:30 p.m., and rescue personnel searched for him all day Monday.

The 22-year-old Matti joined the football program in 2007 as a walkon running back.

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