New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan weighs over 50 pounds more than what his father did when he played. But that didn’t keep him from squeezing into one of Steve Jordan’s old Pro Bowl jerseys Thursday night.
Cameron Jordan, a four-time Pro Bowl selection, wore one of his father’s Pro Bowl No. 83 jerseys during Steve Jordan’s induction into the Ring of Honor at halftime of the Vikings’ game against Washington. The tight end appeared in six Pro Bowls while playing for Minnesota from 1982-94.
Jordan, who played at 236 pounds, became the 25th member of the Ring of Honor. On Wednesday, he had thanked the Saints for letting his 287-pound son leave the practice facility early Thursday to make it to his induction.
Jordan also was joined at the ceremony by son Geoffrey and daughter Steffanie. About 20 former Vikings and Brown University teammates were on hand. Jordan starred at the Ivy League school before being a seventh-round draft pick in 1982.
Former Jordan teammates on hand for the ceremony included tackle Tim Irwin, who introduced him, hall of fame wide receiver Cris Carter and cornerback Carl Lee. Two of his former head coaches, hall of famer Bud Grant and Jerry Burns, also attended.
“I look back on these guys up here, these teammates and coaches and Bud and Burnsie,’’ Jordan told the crowd. “All these guys have been phenomenal.’’
Jordan, who had 498 career receptions for 6,307 yards, said he felt “really fortunate” to join so many legendary players in the Ring of Honor.
In his introduction, Irwin said Jordan “led by example” on and off the field. He said the Vikings didn’t initially realize how good Jordan was.
“I was very fortunate to line up at least half of my plays on the side of Steve Jordan,’’ Irwin said. “I saw him come from Brown University as a rookie. We didn’t know what we had. But what we had was the perfect fit for Jerry Burns’ offense.’’
Burns was first offensive coordinator and then head coach for Jordan’s first 10 seasons. Jordan caught just three passes as a rookie in 1982 and 15 in 1983 before he soon broke loose.