With an help from the Indianapolis Colts, Tyler Trent will likely be in Nashville, Tennessee, to function honorary bowl captain when the Purdue Boilermakers play in Friday’s Franklin American Mortgage Music Metropolis Bowl.

Colts proprietor Jim Irsay flew Trent and his household to Nashville on Wednesday so that they could possibly be readily available for the game towards the Auburn Tigers (1:30 p.m., ESPN, ESPN+).

Trent, a former Purdue scholar and Boilermakers superfan, is affected by osteosarcoma, a uncommon type of bone most cancers that’s now in its terminal stage. Purdue head coach Jeff Brohm befriended Trent final yr, earlier than his well being worsened, and stated the younger man has been an inspiration to his staff and numerous others.

Trent’s father, Tony, tweeted a photograph of his son on board the Colts’ aircraft on Wednesday.

An enormous thanks to @JimIrsay and @Colts for serving to us make our purpose to get to Nashville. So @theTylerTrent could be the bowl Captain this weekend on the Purdue game. @MusicCityBowl pic.twitter.com/x29U3fUvqu

— Tony Trent (@TonyTrent10) December 26, 2018

Trent acquired the Disney Spirit Award on the Faculty Soccer Corridor of Fame earlier this month.

The Colts, too, have discovered inspiration in Trent’s fearlessness and constructive perspective. In October, he bought a go to from kicker Adam Vinatieri, and Colts mascot Blue is a frequent visitor at his dwelling.

Earlier this week, Trent wrote about what he was grateful for, and the Purdue soccer staff figured prominently. He talked a couple of grueling surgical procedure he underwent in October, simply earlier than the Boilermakers hosted Ohio State. Trent was on the sideline with the staff for the game, a 49-20 win by Purdue, and had predicted the upset victory.

“I’m extraordinarily grateful that … I used to be ready to attend that soccer game with my household and expertise all of the love and assist. Not solely from Purdue followers, however from throughout the nation, together with Ohio State followers.

“Although I’m in hospice care and have to get up each morning figuring out that the day is likely to be my final, I nonetheless have a alternative to make: to make that day the very best it may be. To benefit from whomever comes to go to, texts, tweets or calls me.

“But, is not that a alternative all of us have day by day? In spite of everything, no one is aware of the quantity of days we’ve got left.”

Trent will be a part of each groups’ captains on the sector for the coin toss Friday.



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