One of the feel good stories in college football this year ended sadly early this week when Purdue Super Fan Tyler Trent died of a rare form of bone cancer. He was 20 years old.
Trent was diagnosed with the cancer in 2014 when he broke his arm throwing a Frisbee. The bone in the upper half of his arm was replaced with surgery and after chemotherapy, the cancer went into remission. Trent earned a scholarship to Purdue but the cancer returned late in his senior year. His pelvic bone was replaced just two weeks before classes yet Trent started on time.
In 2018, the cancer had spread to his spine and Trent was forced to return home. He was presented with a game ball and visited by the team after its win over Nebraska. He attended the Boilermakers October 20th game against Ohio State despite a rough week of treatment and Purdue crushed the No.2 previously undefeated Buckeyes as a two touchdown underdog.
Trent’s story was made known by a number of television specials, in particular, a special done by Game Day on ESPN. He co-hosted an episode of Sports Center and bobble head dolls of likeness raised $100,000 through his foundation and the Jimmy V Foundation.
Trent was made the honorary bowl captain for Purdue’s game with Auburn in the Music City Bowl and Trent and his family were flown to Nashville by Colts owner Jim Irsay last Friday. Trent was at the 50-yard line for the ceremonial pre-game coin toss.
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