Last night, right around the end of the Rose Bowl and start of the Sugar Bowl, college football fans received the tragic news that Purdue superfan Tyler Trent passed away.
Trent was one of the figures that made this college football season special.
The former Purdue student became a household name during the Boilermakers’ stunning blowout win over Ohio State in October.
He built a strong bond with the Purdue football team, and notably head coach Jeff Brohm and quarterback David Blough.
Even after being put in hospice care, he managed to make it back to West Lafayette for games, he gave a moving speech at the college football awards, and was an honorary captain at the Music City Bowl between Purdue and Auburn.
In the last few days, Trent announced that he wrote a book, titled The Upset, to be released in the spring. The proceeds are going towards a $1,000,000 campaign for cancer research, with the help of the V Foundation.
Tomorrow, Purdue basketball hosts Iowa, and both teams will pay tribute to Tyler Trent.
The Boilermakers and Hawkeyes will be wearing shirts to honor him, and hope fans do the same.
You can purchase shirts here:https://t.co/LtCEuTVDfo
— Purdue Men’s Basketball (@BoilerBall) January 2, 2019
Iowa has played a cool part in Tyler’s story over the last few years as well, making it an appropriate opponent here.
In 2017, he was in Iowa City, and got to take part in the relatively new “Kinnick Wave” tradition, during which Iowa fans wave to the children watching Hawkeye games from the hospital that looks over the stadium.
@TonyTrent10 and I had the honor of taking part in the wave last year and it is an experience I am forever thankful for. The least we can do is have @RossAdeStadium and the @rossadebrigade wave this Saturday. #BoilerUp pic.twitter.com/cfI8UEV0Vu
— Tyler Trent 🚂 (@theTylerTrent) October 31, 2018
This year, the wave traveled to Purdue for the game against Iowa at Ross-Ade Stadium.
Tomorrow’s game between the Boilermakers and Hawkeyes will tip off at 7 p.m. ET, and will air on Big Ten Network.