“It was very frustrating at the time, mentally taxing,” he said. “I thought I played great the first game, I was playing great against Notre Dame, and then when the knee went ... I thought I was done for the year.”
Doctors, though, determined that even though the ligament had torn, the rest of the cartilage and ligaments in his knee was stable.
Marve returned three games later, then became instrumental down the stretch. Purdue needed to win its last three games to get bowl eligible, and in those contests, Marve completed 68 percent of his passes, throwing for 787 yards and seven touchdowns.
“That's like the most amazing thing I've ever seen in my life,” cornerback Ricardo Allen said of Marve playing through his injury. “If I'm sick, if I'm hurtin' ... all I do is think about him. If he can play without an ACL, I can play with anything.”
Marve is just happy to be ending his college career on the field instead of the sideline.
“It's humbled me,” he said of his career's twists and turns. “I know it sounds crazy, but it's matured me so much to the point where I know that football's a blessing.”