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Lee Roy Jordan: Ring of Honor

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  1. Hostile

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    :star: 55 - Lee Roy Jordan :star:
    1963 - 1976
    LB, Alabama

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    5 time Pro Bowl...1967 - 69, 73 - 74
    2 time All Pro...1967, 73


    Inducted in Cowboys Ring of Honor 10/29/89

    Link to Lee Roy Jordan's Ring of Honor page.

    Lee Roy Jordan tackled many challenges throughout his pro football career with the Dallas Cowboys. So it is fitting Jordan, who played middle linebacker during his 14-year career with the Cowboys at just 6-1, 215 pounds, still ranks as the franchise's all-time leading tackler.

    Jordan, an All-American at Alabama taken with the team's top pick in the 1963 draft, was a key member of the Cowboys' famed "Doomsday Defense." The 14-seasons he played in Dallas ties him with four others for the second longest playing tenure in franchise history.

    In his 14 seasons, Jordan became a two-time All-Pro and five-time Pro Bowler while playing in three Super Bowls and five NFC Championship games. After a 13-year wait following his retirement, Jordan became the seventh member of the Cowboys' exclusive Ring of Honor in 1989.

    Amazingly, more than 25 years after his retirement, Jordan still holds Cowboys records for career solo tackles with 743, is second in career assisted tackles with 493 and, of course, holds the career combined tackles record with 1,236. Jordan still holds the third and fourth highest totals of solo tackles in a single season with 100 in 1975 and 97 in 1968.

    The dominating middle linebacker's 14 solo tackles against Philadelphia on Oct. 28, 1973, ranks him tied for third on the club's all-time list. And Jordan also is tied for the franchise's single-game interception lead with three, coming against the Cincinnati Bengals in 1973. That game helped Jordan finish seventh on the Cowboys' career interception list with 32.

    Not only was Jordan an able defender against the run and pass, he also had a penchant for recovering loose footballs. He remains tied for second in club history with 16 career fumble recoveries.

    His leadership and competitiveness are what made Jordan such a great player, according to late Cowboys head coach Tom Landry. "He was a great competitor," Landry once said. "He was not big for a middle linebacker, but because of his competitiveness, he was able to play the game and play it well. His leadership was there and he demanded a lot out of the people around him as he did of himself."

    Born April 27, 1941, in Excel, Ala.


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  2. Cajuncowboy

    Cajuncowboy Preacher From The Black Lagoon

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    Jordan is one of my all time favorite players. He was such a great leader on a team that was packed with great leaders.

    This guy could simply make plays all over the field.

    He was one of the reasons that the Flex defense worked so well because he was smart as well.
  3. THUMPER

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    Jordan was the key to the "Flex" defense. It required a player who could read the play and make adjustments as needed without over-pursuing.

    The one knock on Jordan is that he was the one who blew the play in the "Ice Bowl", he totally misread where it was going and went right instead of left. Everytime I watch that play from the endzone camera I wonder what the heck he was seeing that made him go right.

    He was a great tackler and could cover guys out of the backfield (32 INTs). He was overshadowed by other great MLBs like Butkus and Nitschke or he would have had more pro-bowl and all-pro selections.

    He was very quick and tough. He wasn't very big but he always looked like a guy I wouldn't want to mess with. He was the leader on defense and the other players respected him.
  4. Doomsday101

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    One of the greats who should be in the Hall Of Fame.
  5. CaptainAmerica

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    He came and spoke to a local TD Club I was involved in years ago and I had the pleasure of coordinating his trip. He was a very nice man and a wonderful speaker. I'll never forget him taking his SB VI ring off and letting me try it on for size.

    Being a Bama alum, Lee Roy is one of my all-time favorites.
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