THE BOILERMAKERS weren't supposed to beat the No. 2 Buckeyes 49--20 on Oct. 20, and Tyler Trent wasn't supposed to be there to see it. The 20-year-old Trent had withdrawn from Purdue early in the fall because of a terminal form of bone cancer.
But he not only predicted the stunning victory, he also joined the team on the sideline at Ross-Ade Stadium that night. "The guy never makes excuses," coach Jeff Brohm said after making Trent an honorary captain. "He never complains. He has a huge smile on his face every day. He's about giving back to other people."
Trent's battle has been a source of inspiration, not just on the West Lafayette campus but also throughout the country. First diagnosed in 2014, Trent started an organization called Teens With a Cause that recruits kids to help families affected by cancer with service projects such as raking leaves or shoveling snow. He has helped raise thousands of dollars for cancer research too.
Even as his body fails, there is no stopping Tyler Trent's spirit.