Every now and then you hear about an outstanding college athlete who fails to live up to expectations in the big leagues. The story gets even sadder when you find out that the athlete managed to get where he is now through immense adversity, only to watch him slip away because of a few bad decisions. This was certainly the case with the overall third choice in the 2013 NFL Draft, Dion Jordan, who had the world under his feet and was just waiting to conquer it.
Dion Jordan Biography
Dion Jordan is the first of three children of mother Sherrita and father Dion Jordan. He was born on March 5, 1990, in San Francisco, California. He spent most of his childhood in the rugged area of Hunters Point in San Francisco before moving to Chandler, Arizona, in his early teens. In Chandler, Jordan took advantage of his athletic abilities and first joined a youth training team before becoming a football star in Chandler High School.
Because of his physical characteristics, Jordan was always the tallest in his class. He played in both the defensive and tight end positions and in his teenage years he recorded 54 pass receptions over 804 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also had 13 pass receptions for 292 yards and 3 touchdowns in a season that was interrupted by a serious off-field accident that nearly cost him his life.
The high school star athlete was almost burned to death when he tried to suck gas from an abandoned vehicle with a vacuum cleaner. The vacuum cleaner allegedly had a short circuit that made it explode, injuring Jordan very badly. Fortunately for him, the young athlete was not found to be life-threatening after first responders took him to the hospital, as he had not inhaled a life-threatening substance that could have had devastating effects. All he needed was a skin transplant, which put him out of action for several months.
Dion Jordan spent some time wrapped in bandages and could only move around with a walking aid. This threatened his chances of continuing to play soccer in college, but Jordan was able to recover and go to the University of Oregon on a scholarship. After a repeat of the 2008 season, Jordan, who was now playing mainly in defense, only managed 2 tackles in 6 games in a bad first season with the Oregon Ducks soccer team. His fortunes changed in 2010, however, when he played in 13 games and scored 33 tackles, 5.5 tackles in defeats, and 2 sacks.
For the 2011 season, Jordan became a starter and played in a college career – 14 games – and recorded 42 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, and 7.5 sacks. His accomplishments also earned him an All-Pac 12 conference selection for the first team. The following year, Jordan was again selected as the first team for the All-Pac 12 Conference Selection after playing 44 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, and 5 sacks that year.
After completing his college career, Dion Jordan was selected by the Miami Dolphins as the third overall team in the 2013 NFL Draft. He then spent 4 years with the Dolphins, who were impaired by long suspensions for drug use. Although he was given the time he needed to turn the corner, Jordan continued to let down those who cared about him. Eventually, he was released from the team so he could travel to Seattle to begin a new chapter with the Seahawks.
Family – Parents
As indicated above, Dion Jordan was named after his father, who played almost no role in raising him and his siblings. Jordan and his two younger siblings, Michael and Sherrelle, were instead raised by their mother, who also had her own demons because she was a drug addict. When Jordan was 12 years old, he and his siblings were sent to Chandler, Arizona, to his mother’s sister, Yative Tiger, where he experienced serenity in a home for the first time in his life.
Several years later, his mother, Sherrita Jordan, got clean from drugs and moved to Arizona to be with her children. This time she made a bond with her children when Jordan began calling her “my dog” and “my angel. His mother continued to help guide her children on a path that would lead them out of poverty-Jordan became an NFL player while Michael attended school, and Sherrelle showed prospects of becoming a star hurdler.
Height, Weight, And Measurements
Dion Jordan has an impressive height of 1.98 m and weighs 281 pounds (127 kg). He also has an arm length of 33 7/8 inches or 0.86 m, while his hand size is 10 inches or 0.25 m.