Shelby Jordan
No. 63, 74, 64
Position:Offensive tackle
Personal information
Born:(1952-01-23)January 23, 1952
St. Louis, Missouri
Died:September 9, 2022(2022-09-09) (aged 70)
Height:6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Weight:260 lb (118 kg)
Career information
High school:East St. Louis Senior High School (East St. Louis, Illinois)
College:Washington University in St. Louis
NFL Draft:1973 / Round: 7 / Pick: 157
Career history
Career highlights and awards

Shelby Lewis Jordan (January 23, 1952 – September 9, 2022) was an American football offensive tackle who played in the National Football League for the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Raiders from 1975 to 1986. He was a member of the 1983 Raiders team that won Super Bowl XVIII.

Jordan played college football at Washington University in St. Louis. In 2013, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Early life

Jordan was born on January 23, 1952, in St. Louis, Missouri. He attended East St. Louis Senior High School in East St. Louis, Illinois.[1][2]

College career

As part of a career scholarship program, Jordan took night classes at Washington University in St. Louis. He was convinced by coaches to join the football team.[3] He played football with the Washington University Bears as a linebacker from 1969 to 1972 and led the team in tackles for three consecutive seasons. In 1974, he graduated from the university with a degree in psychology.[4][5]

He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2013 and has been considered Washington University's greatest defensive player of all time.[5]

Professional career

The Houston Oilers selected Jordan in the seventh round, with the 157th overall selection, of the 1973 NFL Draft.[3][6] The Oilers cut Jordan during training camp.[7] He went to work for Service Merchandise.[3]

In 1974, Jordan signed with the New England Patriots after a try-out.[8] He went on the injured reserve list before the season due to a knee injury, ruling him out for the 1974 season.[9] Jordan debuted with the Patriots in 1975.[2] In August 1975, Jordan was arrested for the possession and sale of cocaine.[10] He was sentenced to two years in prison in May 1976.[11] Jordan missed the 1976 season. He was released after serving over a year and was reinstated to the Patriots roster in July 1977.[12]

Jordan played for the Patriots for seven seasons and started in 87 games. In 1983, he signed a four-year contract with the Los Angeles Raiders worth $1.6 million.[3] The Raiders won Super Bowl XVIII later that season. During his four seasons with the Raiders, Jordan played in 56 games, five of which he started.[13] The Raiders placed Jordan on the injured reserve list before the 1987 season,[14] and he crossed the picket line during the 1987 NFL strike.[15]

Personal life

Together with his wife, Donzella, Jordan funded and directed a Los Angeles-based nonprofit corporation that provided affordable urban housing.[5]

Jordan died on September 9, 2022.[16]


  1. ^ "Shelby Jordan Stats". Retrieved February 12, 2022.
  2. ^ a b "Shelby Jordan's Long, Rocky Road Winds Its Way Home". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. November 2, 1975. Retrieved September 16, 2022 – via
  3. ^ a b c d Durando, Stu. "Shelby Jordan blossomed into football greatness at Washington University". Retrieved February 12, 2022.
  4. ^ Mitchell, Chris (June 10, 2013). "Alum Shelby Jordan among seven to be inducted into College Football Hall of Fame - The Source - Washington University in St. Louis". The Source. Retrieved February 12, 2022.
  5. ^ a b c "Shelby Jordan (2013) - Hall of Fame". National Football Foundation. Retrieved February 12, 2022.
  6. ^ "Bears' Jordan Picked By Oilers". January 31, 1973. Retrieved September 16, 2022.
  7. ^ "Oilers trim four players". August 30, 1973. Retrieved September 16, 2022.
  8. ^ "New England Signs WU's Shelby Jordan". September 8, 1974. Retrieved September 16, 2022.
  9. ^ "12 Sep 1974, 27 - Evening Express at". September 12, 1974. Retrieved September 16, 2022.
  10. ^ "Patriots' player held in cocaine sale". August 7, 1975. Retrieved September 16, 2022.
  11. ^ "Jordan given 2 years in prison for cocaine sale conviction". May 3, 1976. Retrieved September 16, 2022.
  12. ^ "Rozelle reinstates Jordan". July 3, 1977. Retrieved September 16, 2022.
  13. ^ "Las Vegas Raiders". Las Vegas Raiders. Retrieved February 12, 2022.
  14. ^ "2 Sep 1987, Page 27 - The Philadelphia Inquirer at".
  15. ^ "1 Oct 1987, 15 - The Times Recorder at".
  16. ^ "Former Patriots Offensive Lineman Shelby Jordan Passes Away". New England Patriots. September 16, 2022. Retrieved September 16, 2022.