Tyler Trent’s message, strength and courage will never be forgotten. Though the Purdue honorary team captain and superfan passed away a few weeks ago, his story and his attitude continue to inspire.
It’s safe to say that Trent reached the college football world with his message. Players, coaches and fans were all touched by his overwhelming positivity and outlook. While the Boilermakers were closest to him, Trent inspired those outside of West Lafayette and Indiana.
On Monday night, during Clemson’s visit to the White House, head coach Dabo Swinney prepared a speech for the event. To close out his time at the podium, Swinney quoted Trent’s words from a column he wrote for the Indianapolis Star in December.
Reading those words was a truly incredible way to end the speech.
— ESPN (@espn) January 15, 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.