Steven R. Jordan
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
Team: Football

Steven R. Jordan '82
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
Sport: Football
Year Inducted: 1987

Tight end Steve Jordan of the Minnesota Vikings seems to have it made: A flourishing career in the NFL, another flourishing career as an engineer with Gilbane Building Company. But Jordan's future as a professional athlete was far from preordained when he first arrived at Brown from Phoenix, Arizona. The Brown coaching staff took a look at the freshman and predicted he would play "not a minute of varsity ball." Academics had come first in the Jordan household, and while Jordan had played high-school football, basketball, and tennis, he won no post-season honors in any sport. After his freshman year at Brown, however, Jordan spent a summer working hard at conditioning and building up his weight. He concentrated on improving his blocking, and secured a permanent place in the varsity lineup that fall after catching seven passes in Brown's 21-7 win over Cornell. In the course of his varsity career, he made first-team All-Ivy twice, second-team and the first-team All-New England, first team All-ECAC, and was an Honorable Mention All-American. He still holds a Brown record for most yard receiving in a single game (188 against Penn in 1981), ranks second among all-time reception leaders for most yards in a season (693) and third in most yards career (1,330), and second in average yards per reception (17.97). At the end of his senior season, he was awarded the Tuss McLaughry Trophy for the team member "who through sportsmanship, performance, and influence, contributed most to the sport at Brown." He was drafted in the seventh round of the NFL draft in April 1982, and is in his fifth year with the Vikings. He led the team in receptions in 1985 and 1986, and last year he set a team record for yards gained (859), and made All-Pro. Vikings Coach Jerry Burns says of Jordan, "No one - no one on the Vikings works harder, and I see no tailing off from the determination we saw in him from the start. He's very young, and he gets stronger every day." Jordan lives with his wife, Anita, and son Geoffrey in Eagan, Minnesota.