Jordan Sterns is easily recognized by teammates, strength staff and anybody that spends any significant time or even a few minutes around the West End Zone, football office, Boone Pickens Stadium, or the Sherman Smith Training Center.
Sterns is a football “gym rat.” In this case, rat is a complimentary term. Sterns goes to great lengths to the be the best he can be, to be the most prepared player on the Oklahoma State defense, and to be an example to the rest of his teammates, especially on defense.
“I have to tell him sometimes to go home,” Oklahoma State safeties coach Dan Hammerschmidt said this summer. “He’ll be up there on the weekends and I tell him, 'go home and go spend time with your fiancé.'”
Sterns is getting married, but one of the reasons he is engaged is that he found the right girl. She understands the passion with which football occupies Sterns's life.
“We’ve been together for four years, so she knows me,” he said upon being congratulated on their engagement. “She is very supportive of me and how much I work to be the best that I can be.”
Sterns wants this season to be a stepping stone and not the end of the line of his football career and that is exactly what it appears it would be for the 6-0, 200-pound senior.
He has 224 career tackles, 154 unassisted, 6.0 tackles for loss, and two interceptions, including one that sealed the win at Iowa State last season. He’s forced a fumble, recovered two, and blocked two kicks.
He has a younger brother that is bigger than he is, very talented, but can only hope to have the instincts of big brother. Sterns is a guy that seems to know where the play is going to be before it gets there.
We enjoyed discussing his passion for football at the Big 12 Media Days in Dallas.