Utah Football retiring No. 22 in honor of Ty Jordan, Aaron Lowe
SALT LAKE CITY — The football program at the University of Utah announced it will be retiring the number 22 Saturday in honor of former players Ty Jordan and Aaron Lowe. Both were killed while they were members of the football team.
Officials said the ceremony will take place between the first and second quarter of the Oct. 30 game against UCLA.
“We ask that all in attendance remain in their seats during this break,” read a tweet Tuesday afternoon from Utah Football.
This Saturday, between the first and second quarter, we will retire #22. We ask that all in attendance remain in their seats during this break.
We love you, Ty & Aaron. #22forever ♥️
— Utah Football (@Utah_Football) October 26, 2021
Jordan passed away in Texas at the age of 19 from an accidental shot by a gun discharge, according to officials with the Denton County Police Department.
The incident happened on Christmas Day in 2020.
His best friend and teammate, Aaron Lowe, was shot and killed nine months later after a fight broke out at a party in Sugar House, in Utah.
“The No. 22 will be the first retired in the history of the Utah Football program. It is just one of the many ways the Utes have honored their teammates, with the Ty Jordan and Aaron Lowe Memorial Scholarships also created in their names after their passing,” stated a press release from Utah Football.
A celebration of life was held for Jordan at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Jan. 6.
On Oct. 11, the entire U. football team flew out to Dallas, Texas, to attend Lowe’s funeral.
Several people spoke at the event, including some of his teammates, head coach Kyle Whittingham, U. athletic director Mark Harlan and U. president Taylor R. Randall.
Lowe was then laid to rest in his hometown of Mesquite, Texas, right next to Jordan.
“The legacy of both Lowe and Jordan will be passed down from team to team with each player pledging to live the way they did. To work hard, to be a good teammate, and to improve as people on and off the field – to be 22% better,” concluded the press release.
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