Catching Up With: Mark Herrmann

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Unlike many of our previous Catching Up With guests, Jake and I have had a long friendship with Mark Herrmann. The former Purdue and Colts quarterback was one of our Q95 Pregame Show hosts for the first three years (2011-13) we were on board with our sister-station, in addition to many seasons as part of Colts' broadcasts.

Herrmann set the all-time NCAA record for passing yards while at Purdue (1977-80) and led the Boilermakers to three straight bowl wins as part of a 27-7-1 run his sophomore through senior seasons. It's one of the most successful stints in Purdue's program history, but since it didn't include one of their two Rose Bowl trips - like Mollekompf or Brees - it isn't as often talked about as it should be.

His pro career was mostly as a backup, but it included two separate (and tumultuous) stints with the Colts, when the franchise was still trying to gain footing in Indianapolis with the enigmatic late Bob Irsay. Herrmann looked back on his career, the colorful characters he played with while in Indianapolis, and what he's up to now:

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