A boilermaker is a person who “makes boilers.” It is also a shot of whiskey followed by a beer chaser. And a Purdue student or alumnus.
Tyler Trent was all of these things.
He made boilers; that is, he contributed to the heating of a crowd as they bubbled into a vapor of cheers (see: Purdue vs. Ohio State, October 20th, 2018). He was a hot shot of whiskey whose road ended in the warm comfort of grain and yeast. And, of course, his story will contribute to the backbone of the Purdue community for years to come.
Simply put, Tyler Trent was an inspiration. But Tyler’s story is far from simple. Tyler was a warrior, a fan, a writer, an analyst, a critic, a force to be reckoned with. Cancer had to try twice before it took terminal hold on the third attempt.
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