Purdue Pete voted “creepiest” mascot in national survey

Purdue Pete (Photo Courtesy: Facebook).

WEST LAYETTE, IN — Purdue Pete is not receiving a “Boiler Up” outside of West Lafayette, according to a national survey on college mascots.

Promotional company Quality Logo Products identified 128 mascots from schools with NCAA Division 1 football teams and asked nearly 1,300 people to rank them

The mascots were ranked in terms of best, worst, sexiest, unsexiest, creepiest, and most offensive

The Boilermaker mascot was named the creepiest overall, beating out fellow Big Ten school Penn State’s Nittany Lion and Cayenne, the resident pepper mascot at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Purdue’s sideline hero was also number two in the top 10 of the worst college mascots, second only to Oklahoma State University’s Pistol Pete.

The only other Indiana college mascot to make a list was the University of Notre Dame’s leprechaun. It came in at number four of the top 10 most offensive mascots.

(Thanks to Bill Remeika for this story)