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Shelby Jordan


Shelby Lewis Jordan

Inducted 2013

Date of Birth



St. Louis, MO


Washington University in St. Louis (1969-1972)


Shelby Jordan led Washington University in St. Louis in tackles for three consecutive seasons en route to being named a Kodak first-team All-America during his senior campaign. The 1972 team captain and Bears MVP is considered the greatest defensive player in school history, and he was named to the school’s 1990 All-Centennial football team. Drafted in the seventh round of the 1973 NFL Draft by the Houston Oilers, he eventually became a six-year starter for the New England Patriots at offensive tackle and later won Super Bowl XVIII with the Los Angeles Raiders. Jordan and his wife, Donzella, fund and direct a Los Angeles-based nonprofit economic-development corporation that provides affordable urban housing and services for families and seniors. He has received numerous awards for his work within the community, and he was named a WUSL Distinguished Alumni in 2009.


Height 6'7

Weight 260

Career Highlights

  • 1972 First Team All-America (College Div.)
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