PULLMAN, Wash. - The parents of Tyler Hilinski are heading to Pullman to watch what would have been their son's senior game.
Instead, as the Cougars take on Oregon State, the university will be honoring Hilinski and a life gone too soon.
The Washington State University quarterback died by suicide in 2018. An analysis of his brain showed that he had CTE, a degenerative brain condition commonly found in ex-NFL players and is associated with repeated blows to the head.
Though the game won't be easy for them to attend, Hilinski's family says it's the right decision.
Following his death, they created the foundation ‘Hilinski's Hope,' which has raised money to sponsor mental health training and awareness.
Kym Hilinski, Tyler's mother, says she hopes to see 3's in the air during the third quarter in honor of her son's jersey number.
Tyler's parents and family will be heading to Pullman for the game. Kym, Tyler's mother, said it wasn't an easy decision to come back, but it was the right one. Tonight, she hopes that in the 3rd quarter, they'll see a bunch of 3's in the air for him. #4NewsNow pic.twitter.com/uQpYl9mnk9— Elenee Dao KXLY (@Elenee_Dao) November 23, 2019