Football star Shelby Jordan dead at 70

Sports fans were saddened last week to learn that football legend Shelby Jordan passed away at the age of 70. 

Jordan is remembered for being “an impactful man”

The Washington Examiner reported that Jordan died this past Friday, citing statements released by the College Football Hall of Fame and the New England Patriots.

“The New England Patriots are deeply saddened to learn of the loss of former Patriots offensive lineman Shelby Jordan,” the Patriots’ statement read, noting, “Jordan spent 12 seasons in the NFL with the New England Patriots (1975-82) and the Los Angeles Raiders (1983-86).”

“Jordan originally entered the NFL as a seventh-round draft pick by the Houston Oilers in the 1973 NFL Draft out of Washington University in St. Louis and later signed with New England as a free agent in 1974,” it continued.

The statement recalled how “Jordan played in 95 games with 87 starts at right tackle during his eight seasons with the Patriots.”

“He finished his career with the Raiders and was a member of the Super Bowl XVIII Championship team in 1983. In 2013, Jordan was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame,” it noted.

The statement concluded by declaring that “[t]he thoughts of the entire Patriots Family are with Shelby’s family and friends during this difficult time.”

Jordan worked to provide affordable housing

Fans quickly took to social media upon learning of Jordan’s death and posted tributes to the fallen football legend. They included Scott Mueller, who serves as assistant football coach at Jordan’s alma mater.

According to the Associated Press, Jordan was born on Jan. 23, 1952, in St. Louis, Missouri and attended high school in neighboring East St. Louis, Illinois. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2013.

In addition to his achievements on the field, Jordan and his wife made an impact by founding a nonprofit economic-development corporation aimed at providing families and seniors with affordable urban housing.