‘Team mom’ status brings comfort to aunt of late Utah player, Ty Jordan

Jan 2, 2023, 11:12 AM

PASADENA, Calif. — Some 50,000 University of Utah fans are expected to cheer on the Utes at the Rose Bowl. Two of them are forever linked to the Utes through the deaths of their players — Ty Jordan and Aaron Lowe, both of whom wore No. 22.

Ty Jordan’s aunt, Takka Jordan, still keeps in contact with the players and coaches, attends games and relishes the title of “team mom.”

“It makes me feel real good to know they appreciate the love we give, and we appreciate the love they give,” she said.

She is grateful for the continuing traditions to honor the nephew she helped raise.

“Every time I see the moment of silence, it gets me every time,” she said.

Each game, Ute fans take part in a “moment of loudness.” They stand up, hold up their cell phones with the lights on and get loud, to pay tribute to Ty Jordan, Lowe and now other Ute fans who have died.

Utah fan family grateful to see their child honored in Rose Bowl ‘moment of loudness’

To Takka Jordan, it is validation.

“You raise the boys together, and you hope and pray they go out there and do the right thing when they get older. And the fact that Ty had such an impact, and you get to see it, you know what I mean? Everybody’s standing up with their flashlights going. It’s a surreal moment. It’s like wow, we did a good job,” she said.

She knows her nephew would “eat up” the opportunity to play in back-to-back Rose Bowl Games.

And, she said, he would be excited by the recent monument installed at the Rose Bowl in his and Aaron’s honor.

“I wish he was here to enjoy it. It softens the blow a little bit. Not a lot, but a little bit,” she said.

Jordan finds bittersweet comfort to know that Ty accomplished a goal to make a lasting impact.

“His main thing was for people to remember his name, to be a household name. And he did that,” she says.

She and Aaron’s mom, Donna Lowe, will both be cheering for “the boys” during the game, both wearing their No. 22 jerseys.

KSL 5 TV Live

Local News

a woman puts an arm around a taller man...

Debbie Worthen

Family launches foundation in remembrance of loved one who drowned in Puerto Rico

The BK Outreach effort is named after Ben Kerbs, who died while swimming in Puerto Rico. His family is healing through service.

6 hours ago

A group of young Filipino girls are excited...

Dan Rascon

Tabernacle Choir arrives in Philippines to continue ‘Hope’ world tour

There was celebration, music and dancing as the Tabernacle Choir on Temple Square arrived in the Philippines to kick of the second segment of its Hope world tour.

6 hours ago

The mug shots of Ruby Franke and Jodi Hildebrandt obtained by KSL on Feb. 21 2024. It's expected th...

Shelby Lofton

Long-term therapy expected for Ruby Franke, Jodi Hildebrandt’s young victims

After their mother, Ruby Franke, and previous counselor Jodi Hildebrandt were sentenced for aggravated child abuse, it's expected the Franke children will need long-term therapy to heal from the trauma they've endured.

9 hours ago

The Larry H. Miller Company and Miller family unveiled renderings for the Power District, a nearly ...

Lindsay Aerts

Utah Legislature unveils plan to help finance new MLB stadium

Utah's taxpayer funds are intertwined in a new bill proposed to fund a stadium that will help bring a Major League Baseball team to Utah. State leaders think the investment will pay off.

10 hours ago

Show in Smithfield...

Mike Anderson

‘The groundhog was wrong’: Heavy snow, rain mix hits Cache Valley Utah

Rain across much of the Wasatch Front brought a lot of that heavy, slushy snow to the Cache Valley Wednesday.

10 hours ago

A mother and son were hospitalized Monday night after they were burned near a campfire in West Poin...

Garna Mejia

After boy killed in West Point explosion; fire officials urging education about fire danger

Two fire incidents in less than two weeks involving 12-year-old boys have fire officials urging education about the danger. The 12-year-old in the West Point incident died.

10 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Modern chandelier hanging from a white slanted ceiling with windows in the backgruond...

Lighting Design

Light Up Your Home With These Top Lighting Trends for 2024

Check out the latest lighting design trends for 2024 and tips on how you can incorporate them into your home.

Technician woman fixing hardware of desktop computer. Close up....

PC Laptops

Tips for Hassle-Free Computer Repairs

Experiencing a glitch in your computer can be frustrating, but with these tips you can have your computer repaired without the stress.

Close up of finger on keyboard button with number 11 logo...

PC Laptops

7 Reasons Why You Should Upgrade Your Laptop to Windows 11

Explore the benefits of upgrading to Windows 11 for a smoother, more secure, and feature-packed computing experience.

Stylish room interior with beautiful Christmas tree and decorative fireplace...

Lighting Design

Create a Festive Home with Our Easy-to-Follow Holiday Prep Guide

Get ready for festive celebrations! Discover expert tips to prepare your home for the holidays, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for unforgettable moments.

Battery low message on mobile device screen. Internet and technology concept...

PC Laptops

9 Tips to Get More Power Out of Your Laptop Battery

Get more power out of your laptop battery and help it last longer by implementing some of these tips from our guide.

Users display warnings about the use of artificial intelligence (AI), access to malicious software ...

Les Olson

How to Stay Safe from Cybersecurity Threats

Read our tips for reading for how to respond to rising cybersecurity threats in 2023 and beyond to keep yourself and your company safe.

‘Team mom’ status brings comfort to aunt of late Utah player, Ty Jordan