Tyler Trent(1998 – 2019) was a Purdue University student who inspired others with his enthusiastic support for his college football team while battling a rare form of bone cancer. Trent captured national media attention in 2018 for correctly predicting Purdue’s upset of Ohio State, then ranked #2 in the nation. It was his first game back to campus after entering hospice care.
His story inspired people to donate more than $100,000 to cancer research and he was honored with the Walt Disney Wide World of Sports Spirit Award in 2018. He was named honorary bowl captain and attended the pregame coin toss as Purdue faced off against Auburn in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl in Nashville on Friday, Dec. 28, 2018.