Former Vikings tight end Steve Jordan will enter Minnesota’s Ring of Honor
It’s been a big week for former Minnesota Vikings tight end Steve Jordan and his family. On Tuesday, it was announced that Cam Jordan was signing a long-term extension with the New Orleans Saints and on Thursday the Vikings announced that Steve would be joining the team’s Ring of Honor.
The Vikings invited Jordan to speak to the team when team COO Kevin Warren surprised him and announced that on Thursday, October 24th he will be joining the Ring of Honor.
Jordan was a seventh-round pick by the Vikings in the 1982 draft and spent his entire 13-year career in the purple and gold. Jordan ranks third in team history in receptions with 498. The only two players that have higher totals are Randy Moss and Chris Carter.
“Steve Jordan’s impact on the Vikings has carried on past his career on the field,” Vikings Owner/President Mark Wilf said via the Vikings team website. “As great a player as Steve was, he’s just as great an ambassador for the Vikings and the game of football. He is a positive role model to young players about the value of education and using your platform as an NFL star for good.”
COO Kevin Warren knew him back in his college days and knows coming into the league no one gave him a shot, which makes the honor more special.
“I looked up to him,” Warren said, explaining to players he made it a point to meet up with Jordan after a Brown-Pennsylvania football game three decades ago.
“He has been an iconic player here who had an unbelievable career … but bigger than that, he has an Ivy League degree, graduated in four years,” Warren said. “He is a phenomenal human being. People didn’t give him a chance.
It’s good to see one of the better Vikings players in history finally get into the team’s Ring of Honor, an honor that is long overdue.