Georgia’s Uga, Colorado’s Ralphie the Buffalo and Oregon’s The Duck are just a few of the widely beloved mascots in college sports. Purdue Pete, on the other hand, is (unofficially) the “creepiest” mascot out there, according to a recent survey.
Quality Logo Products recently surveyed 1,266 participants and asked them to sort through 128 mascots. The mascots were separated into six categories: best, worst, sexiest, unsexiest, creepiest and most offensive. Purdue Pete found itself on top of one of the worst categories: creepiest.
That’s right. Purdue Pete checks in as the creepiest mascot in college sports. Why? He has a terrifying blank stare and a freakishly large head. Former Purdue athletic director Morgan Burke apparently received calls from parents who’s kids were scared of the mascot. No, we’re not kidding.
“What makes a mascot creepy? Is it a blank stare, intimidating facial expression, or disproportionately large head? If you take a look at the three creepiest mascots in America, you’ll see that the answer is a resounding yes. Purdue Pete, of Purdue University, is the proud owner of all three, landing him squarely at the top of the list,” reads Quality Logo Products’ breakdown. “In fact, if you type in ‘Purdue Pete’ on Google, one of the first suggestions is ‘Purdue Pete creepy.’ We’re not joking. It seems, though, that Purdue is aware of Pete’s reputation. Former athletic director Morgan Burke even said that he often received phone calls from parents who said their children were scared of Pete.”
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Purdue Pete is definitely creepy, but we’re not sure if he’s the creepiest. Stanford’s Tree and Wichita State’s WuShock definitely have a say in the category.
Surveyors also named Northwestern’s Willie the Wildcat the best mascot in college sports, and we’re not sure we agree. Willie the Wildcat is great, but we’d pick several other mascots beforehand.
Sorry Purdue Pete. It looks like you’re unofficially the creepiest mascot out there.