NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute For Shelby Jordan Set For Saturday
St. Louis, Mo., September 26, 2013 – Washington University in St. Louis and The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced today that they will jointly honor Shelby Jordan with an NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute on Saturday, Sept. 28 in St. Louis, Mo., at halftime of the game between Washington U. and Centre College. Kick off is set for 1 p.m. (CT) at Francis Field.
“I am very excited for Washington University and for the members of the Washington University community who support student-athletes,” said Jordan. “I am humbled and honored to receive the recognition because I continue to be grateful that I had the opportunity to become a Washington University student-athlete.”
The NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute program is a hallowed tradition that began with the inaugural class in 1951, and to this day the salutes remain the first of numerous activities in each inductee’s Hall of Fame experience. During the NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salutes, each inductee returns to his alma mater to accept a Hall of Fame plaque that will remain on permanent display at the institution. The events take place on the field during a home game, and many inductees cite the experience as the ultimate capstone to their careers, providing them one more chance to take the field and hear the crowd roar their name.
The 1972 team captain and Bears’ MVP is considered the greatest defensive player in school history, and he was named to the school’s 1990 All-Centennial football team. Jordan played for Washington University from 1969-72.
“We are thrilled to recognize Shelby Jordan’s accomplishments in the Hall of Fame,” said NFF President and CEO Steve Hatchell. “He had a tremendous career at Washington University, and he now takes his place among the game’s best in the Hall.”
A brooding 6-foot-7, 270-pound tackler, Jordan led Washington U. in tackles for three-consecutive seasons en route to being named a Kodak First Team All-American during his senior campaign. Equally impressive in the classroom, the pre-med student was a member of the Washington University Career Scholarship Program, and he graduated with a degree in psychology.
Drafted in the seventh round of the 1973 NFL Draft by the Houston Oilers, he eventually became a six-year starter for the New England Patriots at offensive tackle and later won Super Bowl XVIII with the Los Angeles Raiders.
Jordan and his wife, Donzella, fund and direct a Los Angeles-based nonprofit economic-development corporation that provides affordable urban housing and services for families and seniors. He has received numerous awards for his work within the community, and he was named a WUSTL Distinguished Alumni in 2009. Jordan was an inaugural inductee in his alma mater’s sports hall of fame in 1991.
Jordan becomes the fourth person with ties to the Bears’ program to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, joining (with year of induction) Harvey Jablonsky (1978), coach Carl Snavely (1965) and coach Bob Higgins (1954).
Including the 2013 class, only 934 players and 205 coaches have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame from the 4.99 million people who have played or coached the game over the past 145 years. In other words, only two ten-thousandths of one percent (.0002) of those who have set foot on the gridiron have earned the distinction. For a complete list of players and coaches in the hall, please visit www.collegefootball.org.
The 2013 College Football Hall of Fame Divisional Class was inducted during the Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony on Aug. 28 at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center in Atlanta. This year’s class includes: coach Frank Cignetti (West Virginia, Indiana [Pa.]), coach James “Boots” Donnelly (Austin Peay State University, Middle Tennessee State University), coach Jess Dow (Southern Connecticut State), Shelby Jordan (Washington University in St. Louis [Mo.]), Joe Micchia (Westminster College [Pa.]), Art Shell (University of Maryland Eastern Shore) and Jeff Wittman (Ithaca College [N.Y.]).