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For the second time in three years, a Washington State quarterback will be wearing No. 3 at the Reese’s Senior Bowl as a tribute to former teammate Tyler Hilinski, who donned the number for the Cougars before committing suicide in January of 2018.
Like many of the other decisions they’ve made since their son took his life 22 months ago, Mark and Kym Hilinski wrestled with this one. Kym wrestled some, Mark even more.
Hilinski’s Hope, the non-profit foundation launched by the quarterback’s family in the wake of his suicide death last year, announced Monday on Instagram and Facebook WSU will be celebrating Hilinski with the rest of his former teammates on Nov. 23.
The State newspaper in Columbia issued an apology Sunday for a headline atop the Gamecocks’ story after a 34-14 loss at Missouri.
Ryan Hilinski is expected to make his first start at quarterback for South Carolina this Saturday, taking the place of injured No. 1 Jake Bentley when the Gamecocks play FCS opponent Charleston Southern.
The 2019 Crimson and Gray Game was a fine preview trailer for the 5,059 fans that attended, but it was also much more than a football showcase.
Members of the Washington State community were urged to light a candle and hold a moment of silence in memory of quarterback Tyler Hilinski on the one-year anniversary of his death.
The foundation started by the family of former Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski announced a major partnership on Monday as it continues to put a lens on mental health awareness and the destigimitization of mental illness.
Since his older brother’s death 11 months ago, Ryan Hilinski has ascended national recruiting leaderboards, earned the distinction of being the country’s top high school pocket passer and collected dozens of scholarship offers from some of the top programs in college football.
While most college football fans were ignoring their curfews last year to catch the final plays of an exhilarating early-season game between Washington State and Boise State, Stuart Court was rising out of bed in Coventry, England, when he flipped on his television set and stumbled upon an ESPN2 broadcast of the Cougars vs. the Broncos.
Tyler Hilinski’s parents, Mark and Kym, and brothers Kelly and Ryan took part in an emotionally stirring moment before Washington State’s home opener, raising a crimson flag in the east end zone amid a chorus of cheers just minutes before the Cougars kicked off against San Jose State at Martin Stadium.
The emotionally charged segment will air during Saturday’s show, which runs from 6-9 a.m. PDT on ESPN’s primary network and can also be viewed on the web at WatchESPN.com.
It’s easy to sense the fatigue and grief in Dr. Sunday Henry’s voice as Washington State’s director of athletic medicine talks about Tyler Hilinski near a chain link fence on the north side of Rogers Field, while nearby Cougar football players labor through drills on a sun-beaten afternoon in mid-August.
Tyler Hilinski was expected to be the Cougars’ starting quarterback this year, and his Jan. 16 death will hang over the program throughout the upcoming season. No matter the wins or losses, the questions of “what if” and “why” will follow the team. But the Hilinskis are trying to move the conversation forward.
Tyler Hilinski was far from alone. As researchers have moved beyond the NFL to look at the brains of high school and college athletes, they’re increasingly finding signs of traumatic brain injuries in young football players.
Tyler Hilinski cemented his place in Washington State lore in September with a 22-yard touchdown pass to Jamal Morrow in double overtime to claim a 47-44 win over Boise State.
WSU will use the spring scrimmage as a platform to promote suicide prevention and mental health awareness – two areas near and dear to Cougar players and fans following the suicide of quarterback Tyler Hilinski in January.
A panel of experts will speak March 29 at North Central High School during the school district’s second annual Community Suicide Prevention Symposium. The event also will feature a resource fair with representatives from about 20 local health and service organizations.
The portrait of Tyler Hilinski that emerged at his funeral Saturday at Damien High in La Verne, California, was that of a caring and sensitive young man who drove his teammates on Washington State’s football team to counseling sessions and spoke to his high school-aged younger brother over the phone every day.
The exterior lights on the historic Larson Building in downtown Yakima will be changed Saturday to crimson and gray to raise awareness for suicide prevention and to honor Washington State University quarterback Tyler Hilinski, who died earlier this month from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.