Detroit Lions quarterback and former Purdue Boilermaker David Blough is using the NFL’s “My Cause My Cleats” campaign in Week 14 to pay tribute to Tyler Trent, the Purdue student who passed away at the age of 20 on Jan. 1, 2019. Blough posted a picture on Instagram of the cleats he will be wearing when he faces the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.
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“It’s evident in a man’s life by his actions and how he lives who he serves,” Blough said on the Sports Spectrum Podcast after Trent’s passing. “And that is very clear in how Tyler lived and how his dad and mom and his two brothers live.”
Honored to be at the @MusicCityBowl with @david_blough10 and @BoilerFootball ! What a blessing! #BoilerUp pic.twitter.com/TFMji5MJY0
— Tyler Trent 🚂 (@theTylerTrent) December 27, 2018
After being signed by the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent earlier this year, Blough was traded to the Lions and made his first career start last week on Thanksgiving Day. He threw for 280 yards and two touchdowns in a 24-20 loss to the Chicago Bears. He hit Kenny Golladay with a 75-yard touchdown strike on the Lions’ opening possession.
Blough is under center for the Lions because QB1 Matthew Stafford was injured Nov. 3 with fractures in his back, and backup Jeff Driskel suffered a hamstring injury and is now on injured reserve.
So Blough is in line to get another start, and he gets to honor Trent’s legacy as he continues his walk with Christ.
“For somebody at 20 years old to be able to come to grips with that and have that peace that passes all understanding is something that as I grow in my spiritual life will be a huge lesson,” Blough said, referencing Philippians 4:7. “And I’m sure I’ll face adversity down the road of life that I’m walking and I’ll be able to reflect back on Tyler Trent and his life and learn a lesson that he taught so gracefully.”
The Lions and Vikings kick off from Minneapolis at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday.
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