Utah Football Star Ty Jordan Tragically Dies at 19 — Here Are the Details
Star football player of the University of Utah Football Team, Ty Jordan, tragically passed away at 19 from a devastating accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The University of Utah Football Team, Utah Utes, has lost a bright and shining star in the person of Ty Jordan. The talented running back tragically passed away at 19 on Saturday, December 26.
His team confirmed the tragic news in a tribute to him on social media. According to reports, Jordan lost his life following a devastating shooting incident that took place on Friday night.
It was revealed that officers of the Denton Police Department in Texas received a call about a shooting incident. When they reported to the scene, the officers found a single victim, who happened to be Jordan, and took him to a local hospital.
Unfortunately, he was pronounced dead hours later. The police department's public information officer disclosed in a statement that the deceased passed away from an accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound to the hip.
Utah RB Ty Jordan has died, the school announced on Saturday.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 26, 2020
The Denton Police Department told @Mark_Schlabach: "Following a preliminary investigation, we do believe that this was an accidental shooting, where the victim accidentally shot himself." https://t.co/4hLXzMePa2
The outstanding teenager's death shook the Utah Utes team and head coach, Kyle Whittingham, disclosed that they were heartbroken by the tragic loss. He honored Jordan's short but impactful legacy, writing:
"He made a huge impact on our program in the short time he was with us. He leaves an indelible mark on each of us, and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends."
Rest In Peace, #22. Forever in our hearts.— Utah Football (@Utah_Football) December 26, 2020
We love you, Ty. pic.twitter.com/ZaXjWKg4Nc
Days before his demise, Jordan's talent as a standout running back was celebrated when he was named the Pac-12's Offensive Freshman of the Year. It made history as the late footballer was the first Ute to earn the freshman award.
In his last season, the deceased performed excellently with five-game appearances where he ran 597 yards on 83 carries with six touchdowns. However, much more than that, Jordan was endeared to fans' hearts after he went viral last year.
BREAKING: Utah football star Ty Jordan has diedhttps://t.co/Z6RNwkaACd— ABC4 News (@abc4utah) December 26, 2020
At the time, Jordan and his pal, Gage Smith, came together to offer prayers for the former's mother, Tiffany Jordan, who was battling stage 4 lung and bone cancer. They were photographed kneeling and praying on the field.
Despite the duo playing for opposing teams, they decided to join their faith together for a more significant battle. The gesture was applauded on social media after it was shared on Facebook by Jordan's aunt.
Opposing player Gage Smith heard about Ty Jordan and his mom’s health.— MaxPreps (@MaxPreps) December 26, 2020
After the game he asked to pray together for Jordan’s mom.
Today, it was announced that Utah RB Ty Jordan passed away at the age of 19.
Our prayers and heartfelt condolences go out to his family. 🙏 pic.twitter.com/dJKVE66zV1
In an interview, Tiffany praised her son for taking the time out of his game to pray for her. Unfortunately, she passed away on August 14. May the souls of the departed rest in peace.