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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