Cameron Jordan is a big, burly guy who plays at defensive end for the NFL’s New Orleans Saints. The player has shown his talent with a combination of his positioning, speed and tackling prowess. Since joining the Saints after the 2011 NFL draft, he has been a starting player since then, even though the defensive coaches, formation, and players have been shuffled too many times to count. That says something about his consistency.
Jordan has also almost never suffered an injury in his professional career. As of 2018, he has been called to the Pro Bowl three times.
Cameron Jordan’s Bio
Cameron’s story starts in Minneapolis, Minnesota on July 10, 1989. For his high school education, he moved to Arizona where he attended Chandler High School. Here, young Jordan excelled in both track and football. In his final high school year, he left the school with All-State honors after racking up 85 tackles and 17.5 quarterback sacks.
Moving on to the University of California at Berkeley, Jordan turned out mostly as a defensive end for the school’s football team. He proved to be an indispensable part of the team throughout his stay as he was involved in 50 out of a possible 51 games while starting in 32 of them. In his final year of college football, he was named an All-American and a first-team All-Pac-10 (his third straight All-Pac-10 mention). Cameron Jordan left California with a total of 175 tackles and a host of other attractive numbers that placed him just outside the top 10 of the school’s all-time athletes.
Jordan was a top prospect for the professional game ahead of the 2011 Draft, especially given his performance at the NFL Combine and the Senior Bowl. He was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the first round of the draft. He was selected 24th overall and was the fifth player drafted for the defensive end position behind the likes of J. J. Watt, Adrian Clayborn, and Ryan Kerrigan. The rookie signed a four-year deal with the Saints to the tune of $7.73 million.
Right off the bat, he had to fight for his place in the starting lineup against experienced free agent Turk McBride who had just been signed. They both ended up as starters for the season. By the end of his rookie season, Jordan had collected 18 solo tackles, 13 tackle assists, and 4 pass deflections in his 15 starts and one substitute appearance. Some of his best games of the campaign came against the likes of the Green Bay Packers, the Carolina Panthers, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Saints earned a playoff berth for their top finish in the NFC South.
Cameron Jordan retained his position at defensive end for his second season along with Will Smith. The first game of the season against the Washington Redskins saw Jordan record a personal-best 11 combined tackles. Throughout the game, he caused problems for skilled quarterback Michael Vick, recording three sacks on him. He retained his starting position for every game of the regular season, ending the campaign with 41 solo tackles, 26 tackle assists, 8 passed deflections and more.
In 2013, the Saints switched up their defensive formation, but still retained Cameron in the lineup. In September 2013, he got a second six combined tackles against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and subsequently, against the Atlanta Falcons in November. His impressive showing for the season saw him named to the Pro Bowl for the first time in his career. He ended the season with 47 combined tackles, 4 pass deflections, and 12.5 sacks, having started every game. The team were the first runnerup this time at the NFC South and went on to win a wildcard game against the Philadelphia Eagles to gain entry into the playoffs.
Cameron Jordan’s fine performances saw him start in every game of the season and record 51 combined tackles, 5 passes deflected and 7.5 sacks. He, however, missed out on a Pro Bowl call-up.
He started the 2015 season with an improved $55 million five-year deal. By the end of the season, Jordan was recalled for the 2016 Pro Bowl and was also and made it into the Top 100 Players of 2016, ranked at No. 99. He ended the season with 32 solo tackles, 13 tackle assists, 10 sacks and 5 pass deflections.
He continued to improve his stats throughout the 2016 season with 58 combined tackles, 7.5 sacks, and 6 pass deflections, gaining himself an overall grade of 92.1 from Pro Football Focus.
For the 2017 season, Jordan again started all regular season games, garnering a record of 62 combined tackles, 13 sacks, and 11 pass deflections. He also won an NFC Defensive Player of the Week award, surpassed Charles Grant’s on the Saints’list of most sacks in franchise history, and was called up for the 2018 Pro Bowl.
Family: Father, Mother, and Sister
Cameron was born to Steve and Anita Jordan. Jordan’s talent for the game was handed down to him by his father. Steve Jordan played at tight end during his time with the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings from 1982 to 1994. Before his NFL career, he also played football at Brown University and has his name on the list of the “50 Greatest Vikings Players of all time”
This union also produced one sibling, a younger sister named Stephanie Cameron. Cameron and his sister attended the same high school where they were both on the school’s track and field team. Stephanie is married to a former teammate of Cameron’s, Kasim Edebali and did not invite anyone, including her family, but Cameron crashed the ceremony anyway despite warnings from his father not to attend.
Cameron Jordan’s Wife, Girlfriend, Son
The defensive end has been in a relationship with a woman named Nikki for a long time. Exactly how long is not really known. The pair got married on June 30, 2018. It was a lavish ceremony attended by many of Cameron’s present and former teammates.
According to popular report, the couple already had three children before their wedding, the most recent coming three weeks before the ceremony. The first of their children is a son, Caleb Tank Jordan born in 2015, exactly nine days after Cameron signed his improved contract with the Saints.