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A family tradition: Family cheers on SU player with local ties during Texas Bowl victory

Orange fans were celebrating Friday night's bowl victory at local bars and restaurants throughout the area, but there was a very special viewing party at Destiny USA.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - Orange fans were celebrating Friday night's bowl victory at local bars and restaurants throughout the area, but there was a very special viewing party at Destiny USA.

Travon Burke is a junior fullback for SU and a Corcoran High School graduate.

His mother Kimberly Burke wasn't able to the make it to Houston, but wanted her son and his teammates to know the entire community was standing behind them.

Not even seconds after the game started -- you could feel an electric energy from every corner of Revolutions, but perhaps the most "charged" fans included the woman affectionately known as “Mama Burke” and the rest of the Burke family.

“I’m the mother of the team whether anybody knows it or not,” Kimberly said as she laughed.

“We're excited for SU and we're glad they made it to a bowl, but we're really excited that my nephew's playing and that's always a joy,” said Mike Burke, Travon’s uncle.

Travon was a standout player at Corcoran High School and followed his dream of playing college ball to SU, all while wearing his lucky number - 32.

“It’s amazing. We were talking about it the other day. We've played in some of the greatest stadiums on the planet. Just to know that he's being able to live his dream and be at the same level that I played and even higher, it’s just great and I'm just thankful to God,” said Tyrone Burke Jr., Travon’s brother who played football at Eastern Michigan.

Whether in person or watching the game on the big screen, Travon's family never misses a game.

At home, “Mama Burke” has what some may refer to as a "mom cave."

It includes a shrine showcasing the hard work of her son and other players of the team who she now considers family.

“Support is a big deal when it comes to kids. You always have to have support for kids,” Kimberly said.

A lesson she says Travon will carry with him long after his football career is over.

“My son feels like if he doesn't give it back to the community, that a lot of kids are going to be lost. With him bringing it back and me bringing it to him, it's a cycle and he wants to bring that support home,” Kimberly said.

The Burke family is still celebrating, as Friday night’s victory is SU’s third bowl win in four years.

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