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Luke Falk honors Tyler Hilinski by switching numbers at Senior Bowl

Luke Falk honors Tyler Hilinski by switching numbers at Senior Bowl”

Former Washington State quarterback Luke Falk chose to ditch his No. 4 jersey at the Senior Bowl for No. 3 - the number worn by close friend and former teammate Tyler Hilinski, who died in an apparent suicide earlier this month. Not only were they teammates at Washington State, but they spent countless hours working together as fellow Cougars quarterbacks.

"We really want Tyler to be remembered and this to be talked about", Falk said. "We've got have resources and not have any more stigma on people going through that".

Without Falk, the North team is down to three quarterbacks for Saturday's Senior Bowl game: Wyoming's Kyle Allen, Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield and Nebraska's Tanner Lee.

"I just felt like [changing numbers] is what I needed to do". He was an incredible person and an unbelievable soul. "And people need to know it".

During the week's media availability, Falk spoke about Hilinski, his death, the resulting grief Falk experienced and called for more dialogue and understanding of mental health issues among those involved with football.

Falk added that Hilinski's death is just part of a much bigger issue young men now face. "I wish I could've given him a pat on the butt one more time and just let him know that he's loved". Quarterback Luke Falk and lineman Cole Madison will play in the post-season exhibition. "So I'm gonna be just fine".

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