Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay flew Trent — a former Purdue student battling bone cancer who became an inspirational figure for thousands across the sports world this season — and his family to Nashville for the bowl game on Wednesday, where he can now fulfill his duties as the game’s honorary captain.
Wheeels are up to Nashville! pic.twitter.com/3z9Vtxx85h
— Tyler Trent 🚂 (@theTylerTrent) December 26, 2018
A huge thank you to @JimIrsay and @Colts for helping us make our goal to get to Nashville. So @theTylerTrent can be the bowl Captain this weekend at the Purdue game. @MusicCityBowl pic.twitter.com/x29U3fUvqu
— Tony Trent (@TonyTrent10) December 26, 2018
“A huge thank you to Jim Irsay and the Colts for helping us make our goal to get to Nashville so Tyler can be the bowl captain this weekend at the Purdue game,” Trent’s father, Tony, tweeted on Wednesday.
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Trent was first diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, in 2017. He gained national attention this season while attending every Boilermaker game he could, even with his declining health. He also won the Disney Spirit Award this season at the College Football Awards, the award given annually to college football’s most inspirational player, coach, team or figure.
Thanks to Irsay’s help, Trent will now be able to participate in all team events in Nashville before the game and will join both teams on the field for the coin toss on Friday.
“I’d like to thank the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl’s Board of Directors for this unbelievable honor,” Trent said in a statement last week. “My family and I are blessed to accept your invitation and hospitality. Serving as Honorary Captain for the game will continue to shine a light on the urgency of cancer research and to find a cure.”
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