Steve Jordan is the most prolific TE in Vikings history, recording more receptions and receiving TDs than any other TE in franchise history. He played for the Purple from 1982-94 (13 seasons) and finished his career with 498 catches for 6,307 yards and 28 TDs.
Those are pretty large shoes to fill.
But Jordan’s son, Cameron Jordan, won’t have to worry about receptions and TDs because he’s a DE. Currently Cameron is at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama trying to blaze his own trail to the NFL and continue his family’s NFL legacy. Cameron, who attended the University of California and played 3 seasons there, spoke with NFL.com’s Jason Feller about his decision to play DE (as opposed to his father’s position – TE) and the role his father plays in his life.
“We had the discussion a long time ago (about me playing tight end), and I just wasn’t meant for it at the time. I was a little shorter, a little stockier,” Jordan told Feller. “And then I sort of just leaned out.”
Jordan stands at 6-4, 280 pounds, which I’m guessing will place him in that “tweener” mold where teams that run either the 3-4 scheme or 4-3 scheme will take a long look at him. In the 4-3, he’d be a traditional DE. But in a 3-4 alignment, he could be an outside pass rusher – basically an OLB in the mold of Clay Matthews or DeMarcus Ware.
Feller rights, though, that Jordan made it clear he has no preference as to whether he plays in a 3-4 or 4-3 or even whether he plays end or linebacker.
One thing he knows for sure, though, is that his father is a valuable person to have in his corner.
“You don’t trust anybody more than your family and my dad has put me in the right direction. I believe in him.”
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In both 2008 and 2009, Vikings LB E.J. Henderson looked to be in Pro Bowl form until season-ending injuries derailed his chances to earn a 1st-time trip to the all-star game.
But now, following a 2010 season in which he tied for the team lead with 3 INTs and finished 2nd on the team in tackles with 139, Henderson is making the trip to Hawaii for his 1st-ever, and well-deserved, Pro Bowl.
One of the Vikings captains from 2008-2010, Henderson has led the team in tackles 3 times over the last 6 years (2004-125; 2006-142; 2007-155–career high). He missed most of the 2008 season due to injury and was leading the team with 100 tackles
in 2009 before a season-ending injury. Along with his tackles, Henderson has 13.5 sacks for his career, which ranks 4th all-time among Vikings linebackers.
Henderson joins Adrian Peterson and Antoine Winfield as Vikings going to this year’s all-star game. Kevin Williams was also named to the team but will not be able to attend.
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