Thanks to the New Orleans Saints, Steve Jordan will have all his kids by his side when he is inducted into the Vikings Ring of Honor.
Jordan, a star tight end from 1982-94, said Wednesday that the Saints will allow his son, star defensive end Cameron Jordan, to leave the practice facility early to fly up for the ceremony at halftime of Thursday night’s game against Washington at U.S. Bank Stadium.
“It’s particularly awesome,” Jordan said. “That was very cool. I really appreciate the Saints and the coaches there for letting him bug out and come over and celebrate with the old man.”
Cameron Jordan, a four-time Pro Bowl selection, will join his brother Geoffrey and sister Steffanie at the ceremony before flying back and returning to practice Friday. Jordan said his wife, Anita, won’t be at the ceremony because of a medical issue but that he will have 11 family members there.
Jordan, who caught 498 passes for 6,307 yards and made six Pro Bowls in his career, learned in June he would be inducted into the Ring of Honor. He becomes the 25th member.
“It’s one of those things that you don’t really get all the gravity of it until later,” Jordan said. “It’s really an awesome feeling. I’m very grateful to the Vikings. I love the fact that I’m getting acknowledged if you will.”
Jordan will sound the Gjallarhorn before the game, a first for him. Then he will have two minutes to talk at halftime and his name will be unveiled at U.S. Bank Stadium alongside those of other Vikings greats.
“Those (in the Ring of Honor) are people that I admire,” Jordan said. “Some of those guys are my contemporaries that I really respected. To be up there with all them is particularly special.”