Michigan State's best play of the night did not come on the basketball court. Before the Spartans' home game vs. the Purdue Boilermakers Tuesday night, the home crowd honored the late Tyler Trent in a true class act from one Big Ten school to another.
Many knew the Purdue Boilermaker superfan from his inspiring battle with a rare form of bone cancer. His story went viral, and his bravery and conviction in the face of adversity inspired millions. Tyler passed away on Jan. 1, but the impact this remarkable young man has made continues to live on.
Michigan State basketball decided to honor Tyler's journey with a banner displayed by the student section during the pregame. The entire Spartan's team was the first to sign the banner, and many Michigan State students signed as well.
In remembrance of Tyler Trent, Michigan State will have a banner on the concourse outside of section 109 for fans to sign pregame. Before shootaround Coach Izzo and the team were the first to sign the banner. #TylerStrong pic.twitter.com/ddeud8pRyu— Michigan State Basketball (@MSU_Basketball) January 8, 2019
Trent was known for his avid love of the Purdue football program. Indianapolis Colts' owner Jim Irsay even flew Trent out to Nashville so he could see his Boilermakers take on Auburn in the Music City Bowl.
A funeral was held for Trent Tuesday evening in Indianapolis. Many sports figures and dignitaries were in attendance. May he rest in peace.