Purdue and Iowa basketball paid tribute to Boilermakers superfan Tyler Trent on Thursday.
Purdue paid tribute to Boilermakers superfan Tyler Trent, who died Tuesday at 20 years old after a battle with bone cancer. The team held a moment of silence for Trent before Thursday's tip off against Iowa, which was followed by a standing ovation for the young fan.
The University also put together a touching video in Trent's honor, which was played before the moment of remembrance.
Both Purdue and Iowa wore #TylerStrong t-shirts in his memory during warm-ups.
The honorary shirts were also sold at the game, with 50% of the net sales to be donated to the Tyler Trent Cancer Research Endowment Fund. Iowa's team also sported the #TylerStrong shirts before the game.
The Boilermaker student section also honored Trent by chanting "Cancer Sucks" instead of "IU sucks."
ATTENTION anyone attending tomorrow’s game against Iowa at 7pm. After the band plays “Hail Fire” we will be chanting “CANCER SUCKS” in replacement of IU to honor Tyler. Please inform anyone you may know going to tomorrow’s game. Thank you. @BoilerBall @PurdueBands @PurdueSports pic.twitter.com/zNJ5AVNJcc— The Paint Crew (@ThePaintCrew) January 2, 2019
Trent became a fixture in the Boilermakers college football season. He was on Purdue's sideline for the win over then-No. 2 Ohio State in October after predicting the win. He announced the Boilermakers' bowl matchup in the Music City Bowl against Auburn on Twitter and was then flown to the game by Colts owner Jim Irsay.
His story inspired fans across the college football universe. His passing was met with an outpouring of support for him and his family on social media.