Lee Roy Jordan Discusses Tide, Bryant, Saban

Every university can boast of an individual representing the gold standard at a football position. Alabama, of course, has several such. Lee Roy Jordan embodied all the skills a successful linebacker possesses. He was tough, smart, mobile and full of football savvy.

Ten Alabama linebackers have been chosen in the first round of the NFL draft. Lee Roy Jordan was the first. All Tide linebackers henceforth were measured against the exploits of the the Excel native, selected sixth overall in the 1963 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys.

He spoke to the New Horizons Credit Union 1st & 10 Club at the Heron Lakes Country Club in Mobile on Monday evening. The event was presented by the GoDaddy Bowl.

Former Alabama Coach Paul W. Bryant sang the praises of Lee Roy Jordan, a 1962 consensus All-America by stating, "If they stay inside the boundaries, Lee Roy will get 'em."

He was credited with a bowl record 31 tackles in the 1963 Orange Bowl 17-0 victory over the Oklahoma Sooners. Jordan, a center/linebacker for the Tide, was a co-captain of the 1962 team. He earned the MVP Awards for the Bluebonnet and Orange Bowls. Alabama was 11-0 in 1961, winning the national and Southeastern Conference championships. He was voted as Alabama's Player of the Decade for the 1960s and to the Crimson Tide's Team of the Century.

The tenacious linebacker was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1983, the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 1980, and is a member of the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor. Jordan, a two-time All-Pro and five time Pro Bowler, played 14 years for the Cowboys. He was a starter in three Super Bowls (won Super Bowl VI, 1972) and five NFC Championship Games.

'BAMA Magazine/BamaMag.com visited with the legendary defender. An assessment of the 2014 Tide squad, Paul W. Bryant, and Nick Saban were some of the subject matters discussed.


BamaMag Top Stories