Rest in Peace Tyler Trent: A True Inspiration for All

Ohio State to observe moment of silence for Tyler Trent against Purdue

Rest in Peace Tyler Trent: A True Inspiration for All

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Rest in Peace Tyler Trent: A True Inspiration for All


Tyler Trent passed away on Tuesday. The lessons he taught us all shouldn’t be taken for granted.


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There are some who see sports as just a game. There are also some who take sports too seriously and fail to realize there are bigger things in life.

Fans like to complain about losses and their teams and coaches when there is a poor showing, parents complain if their kids do not play enough, and players often complain if they do not like their role on a team. However, sports and life and are bigger in retrospect. The small problems we may face just as seeing our favorite team lose, or our displeasure with lack of playing time or the playing time of our loved ones are much smaller than the real-life battle of Tyler Trent.

On the night of Oct. 20, 2018, I sat in anger as I watched my beloved Ohio State Buckeyes suffer an astonishing blowout loss to unranked Purdue. This was a loss that likely eliminated the Scarlet and Grey from a playoff berth that was almost expected of such a talented team.

However, as I continued watching the game, I was told the story of Purdue fan Tyler Trent, who attended the game, and it really changed my perspective on life.

Trent, a 20-year-old former Purdue student, was diagnosed with terminal cancer. He was named an honorary captain for the game against the Buckeyes and was one of the few people to predict an upset over a program that is one of the best in college football.

He was diagnosed with bone cancer in 2014 but did not let that diagnosis affect his daily attitude and outlook on life. He formed his own organization known as “Teens with A Cause,” which recruits kids to do service projects for families affected by cancer. These projects consist of mowing the lawn, raking leaves, shoveling snow, etc.

The night of the Ohio State game, ESPN brought national attention to Tyler and his battle, which he fought like a true warrior. It impacted so many across the nation, and Tyler even received a phone call from Vice President Mike Pence.

He not only started his own organization to help cancer patients, he has also encouraged people to donate to cancer research. He has spoken on how to have a positive attitude daily, and find the best in life, despite the unfair circumstances life can throw at you.

Although I was rooting for the Buckeyes against the Boilermakers, I was also rooting for Tyler Trent. He made me realize that the wins and losses are nothing compared to the battles that life throws at you daily.

People fight daily against diseases mental and physical. Everyone we see each day is fighting a battle or struggle that might not be visible to us but is ever so present.

It is easy to get caught up in trivial things, yet we must continue to look at the bigger picture. We must realize that sports are more than a game and can have a positive impact that we have seen from Mr. Trent, but also realize what is truly important.

On Tuesday, Tyler Trent passed away. He was a warrior, a leader, and beloved human being who changed the world for the better. On a night his Boilermakers upset the Buckeyes, he taught me and millions of other people what it means to be a fighter, and what is important in this beautiful, yet fragile world.

Rest in peace Tyler. You truly touched the world and made it a better place.

 

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