It was a reminder of slightly simpler times.
With the alumni lined up in the south endzone of Ross Ade Stadium, extending from the pylon in the back of the endzone across to the other end and then up the side.
Many were familiar faces to Curtis Painter, who himself is in his third year of calling himself an alum at Purdue's spring game.
"Its fun to watch some of the guys on the sideline interact, the old players," said the former Purdue quarterback. "It's great to come back and watch the team play. I was always excited for the spring game.
"It always capped kind of an interesting time in the year after spring practice. So I know they are enjoying it."
Oddly, the end of Boilermaker spring football is actually just the beginning for the professional Painter, who is one of the many players whose immediate future is in limbo.
With the NFL Lockout getting ready to enter is second month, the quarterback is trying to stay and shape and stay financially sound.
"It's a tough subject," admits Painter. "We're doing everything we can, working out as normal and try to keep things the way they would be if everything was going as planned."
Of course, they are not.
Since the lockout became official on March 12, the players cannot enter the Colts Complex on West 56th Street or interact with coaches. Drills must be conducted by the players themselves along with normal workout routines.
Painter says he's been working out with fellow quarterback Peyton Manning and a few of the Colts receivers while they wait for the players union and the owners to work things out.
"We've got a lot of veterans on our team and guys that have been around a while and kinda know the mentality there at the Colts," said Painter. "Just being behind those leaders, we'll get our work done."
Like many players in the league who are not in making in the tens of millions, Painter must keep his eyes on the bottom line since no income is coming in from the Colts for the time being.
"You've got to make that effort, especially now, but in general, not to get to crazy in spending," said Painter, as he faces an uncertain future with many fellow football players.