Once the news broke that Tyler Trent had passed away on Jan. 1, the Purdue and college football worlds gave their condolences to his family, and shared the impact that he had made. Within minutes, Trent was the No. 4 trending topic in the United States on Twitter.
Heaven has another great Boilermaker tonight. Thank you, Tyler, for all you taught us and the inspiration you left us.— Mitch Daniels (@purduemitch) January 2, 2019
Got some crappy news this morning. My buddy @theTylerTrent passed away after a courageous battle with cancer. I was really looking forward to meeting Tyler & hosting he & his family for Opening Day. Hoping the Trent family will still join me in Tyler's honor. #NVRQT #TylerStrong— Jon Lester (@JLester34) January 2, 2019
"When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live and in the manner in which you live." - Stuart ScottA wonderful piece remembering @theTylerTrent from @wojespn #TylerStrong https://t.co/pzbN5eFtpo— The V Foundation (@TheVFoundation) January 2, 2019
At tomorrow’s game vs. Iowa, @BoilerBall will be wearing #TylerStrong shirts. Fans are encouraged to wear theirs as well. Proceeds from all shirts go towards Tyler’s research fund with the @PUCancerCenter 🚂https://t.co/A4rbDg7Hfq— Purdue Athletics (@PurdueSports) January 2, 2019
Absolutely devastating news.. According to @theTylerTrent brothers Instagram page, Tyler has passed away. I was able to talk with Tyler a few times while at WLFI and he was an amazing person in every single aspect of life. Thank you for all you did for cancer research. Prayers ❤️— Cameron Hardin (@WeatherManCam_) January 2, 2019
It’s with the deepest sorrow that we have to say goodbye to @theTylerTrent. We have all become #TylerStrong. To his family, words can’t express how sorry we are that he has passed. His life May have been short, but his legacy with be forever. pic.twitter.com/rONp00YoeK— Purdue Cancer Center (@PUCancerCenter) January 2, 2019
Various coaches from different sports at Purdue tweeted their condolences.
Remarkable is best description of @theTylerTrent. He taught me, our team, our university, our world, so much about belief, courage, selflessness, & living each day w/ true purpose. Tyler changed the attitudes of more people than any person I have ever known. Love you T2. pic.twitter.com/xmbhDk8XfM— Dave Shondell (@DaveShondell) January 2, 2019
Our captain is at peace. Let’s be clear @theTylerTrent didn’t lose his fight to cancer. He kicked the living shit out of cancers ass!!!— Eron Hodges (@EronHodges) January 2, 2019
Current, former and future Purdue athletes also chimed in.
Rest in peace Tyler Trent, you have fought the good fight a thousand times over. The world is a better place because of you, and those you impacted will never forget you. #TylerStrongDeepest sympathy to @Kat9798 and @TonyTrent10— Danny Anthrop (@DannyAnthrop) January 2, 2019
RIP to Purdue LEGEND Tyler Trent, Rest easy #TrueBoilermaker 🚂— George Karlaftis III (@TheGK3) January 2, 2019
I am so thankful for the hope and strength tyler gave me throughout the season. I am His determination for purdue gave everyone hope. I am just so thankful for Tyler for gaving us all his strength to help the team play better this year you will never be forgotten T2 #RIP ❤️🙏🏾— Speedy🏎 Wright™ (@Tlove_6) January 2, 2019
Rest in Paradise, Forever in my Heart pic.twitter.com/cg30SblTXQ— Ja’Whaun Bentley (@NVBentley33) January 2, 2019
Some of the nation's biggest sports personalities and teams commented on what Trent meant to them.
Very sad news, but not unexpected - @theTylerTrent passed away today. Finally pain free and at peace. I will miss you, my friend.— Jerry Palm (@jppalmCBS) January 2, 2019
I promised Tyler Trent we'd save him a chair on our set. We'll honor that promise at the close of the show tonight.— Scott Van Pelt (@notthefakeSVP) January 2, 2019
Tyler was one of the most memorable people of this entire football season, and certainly the most inspiring. https://t.co/1xks8qZKWH— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) January 2, 2019
Rest easy @theTylerTrent... You made the world a better place. You inspired millions. And we were all very lucky to be in your presence... Cheers to a life that made a real difference #TylerStrong pic.twitter.com/qVS4Gi7OK8— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) January 2, 2019
God Bless @theTylerTrent and his family...RIP...your impact will live on-— Lincoln Riley (@LincolnRiley) January 2, 2019
Rest In peace, Tyler.— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) January 2, 2019
So sad to learn of the passing of such a courageous young guy 20 yr old TYLER TRENT / has inspired many & was MR PURDUE / he was loved by the Boiler family / @TheVFoundation has a grant in his name /u can donate @ https://t.co/X9wDoqkbeO https://t.co/KN9eDiJHmS— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) January 2, 2019
RIP Tyler Trent, a true inspiration through his impact on the community and the definition of what being a true Boilermaker is all about. Blessed to of had him at Purdue. Prayers up.— Andrew Bohm (@AndrewBohm1) January 2, 2019
As the saying goes, “life is not measured by the number of breaths you take, but by the moments that take your breath away.”Tyler Trent. You have done more in the last year of your life and have touched more people than most will ever touch in more years on earth. Thank you. pic.twitter.com/OraBJXUvCe— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) January 2, 2019
Rest peacefully, Tyler Trent.Thank you for being courageous in your fight and an inspiration to us all. https://t.co/m51ie2TpDu— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) January 2, 2019
On Dec. 14 Tyler shared this verse from 1 Corinthians with me, “But, as it is written, "What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him.”I can only imagine what it’s like where he is now.— David Blough (@david_blough10) January 2, 2019
The warm emotions of calling a Rose Bowl... and then to hear news of Tyler Trent’s passing. Thank you, Tyler and the Trent family for giving millions the gift of your bravery and relentless spirit. I will never forget you or that magical night in West Lafayette. Be at peace.— Chris Fowler (@cbfowler) January 2, 2019
Everyone wanted to meet @theTylerTrent. Even rivals.He was an inspiration to so many, and he'll continue to be an inspiration.Our condolences to the Trent and Purdue families. pic.twitter.com/d7pPSCjL6E— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) January 2, 2019
Thank you, @theTylerTrent for touching our heartsfor changing our livesfor uniting our Purdue community.If you would like to help #HammerDownCancer, the @PUCancerCenter has set up the TylerTrent Cancer Research Endowment: https://t.co/56IIz3cfwC#TylerStrong pic.twitter.com/ypcTASaOmB— Purdue Alumni (@PurdueAlumni) January 2, 2019
We offer our sincere condolences to the family of @theTylerTrent. The courage in which he lived his life was an inspiration to all of us. His legacy will live on. #TYLERSTRONG pic.twitter.com/9ql9HzCVJd— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) January 2, 2019
Consider this my official petition to @PurdueSports to build a statue outside of Ross-Ade Stadium in honor of @theTylerTrent. Tyler represented everything it means to be a Boilermaker in the purest of forms. I think this picture should be the basis for the statue tent included. pic.twitter.com/nxNFvvVO35— Corey Ross (@CorRock3148) January 2, 2019
.@theTylerTrent was among the biggest, strongest & wisest people you could ever meet. He reminded us what being good is all about. I’m convinced Tyler was touched by our Lord & guided home every step of the way. Janet & I send our love to the Trent family & remain here for them.— Eric Holcomb (@GovHolcomb) January 2, 2019