Tyler Trent was as much a part of Purdue football as anyone wearing a black and gold uniform this season. He served as a team captain and attended multiple games, including the Boilermakers’ blowout win over Ohio State.
Trent passed away on New Year’s Day after a long battle with cancer. He was 20.
His courageous fight and uplifting attitude inspired millions across the country. And on Tuesday, a memorial service was held for Trent. As you might expect, there was an incredibly large turnout to pay respects to Trent, as well as thank him for his inspiration.
Purdue’s entire football team attended the service, as the team took two charter buses to the location. The players sported their black and gold jerseys.
Trevor Peters of WLFI captured the Purdue players pouring in to show their support for Trent and his friends and family. Quarterback David Blough — who formed a special bond with Trent — was expected to speak at the service.
— Trevor Peters (@TrevorPetersTV) January 8, 2019
In the last months of his life, Trent promoted cancer research and joined the fight with ESPN through the V Foundation. A bobblehead doll and biography were also sold to help raise money for cancer research.
Trent will always have a place in the hearts of the Purdue community as his story and attitude reached so many.