Monday, December 29, 2014

Pillars of the NFL: Henry Jordan


In Patrick McCaskey's Pillars of the NFL: Coaches Who Have Won Three or More Championships  he covers the ten greatest NFL coaches of all-time.  Among the pillars is Vince Lombardi who coached the Green Bay Packers to five NFL Championships in the 1970s.  Lombardi was one of most gifted coaches who made his mark on NFL history. 

In a series of posts we include some description of Lombardi's players.

Henry Jordan

Henry Jordan came to the Packers from the Cleveland Browns in 1959 and the Hall of Famer stayed for 11 seasons.  He was a quick, agile defensive tackle especially skilled at pass rushing.  He played a key role in harassing the opposing quarterbacks and swatting at the ball. 

According to the Pro Football Hall of Fame,  Jordan's acquisition was key to coach Vince Lombardi's program. For the next decade, Jordan, was defensive right tackle as Green Bay won six divisional titles, five NFL championships and the first two Super Bowls. Jordan was a durable pass rusher  who only missed only two games in his first 12 seasons.

Jordan was the fifth defensive player to be selected from the 1960s Packer dynasty for the Hall of Fame.  While attending the University of Virginia, he was one of the best heavyweight wrestlers. Henry Jordan died of a heart attack in 1977 at the age of 42.
was a runner-up in the heavyweight class of the 1957 NCAA wrestling championships - See more at: http://www.profootballhof.com/hof/member.aspx?PlayerId=110#sthash.oPN3qNtj.dpuf
was a runner-up in the heavyweight class of the 1957 NCAA wrestling championships - See more at: http://www.profootballhof.com/hof/member.aspx?PlayerId=110#sthash.oPN3qNtj.dpuf

Jordan's defensive linemate Willie Davis, linebacker Ray Nitschke, cornerback Herb Adderley and safety Willie Wood are the defensive stalwarts who preceded the 6-2, 248-pound defensive tackle into the Hall. - See more at: http://www.profootballhof.com/hof/member.aspx?PlayerId=110#sthash.oPN3qNtj.dpuf
Jordan's defensive linemate Willie Davis, linebacker Ray Nitschke, cornerback Herb Adderley and safety Willie Wood are the defensive stalwarts who preceded the 6-2, 248-pound defensive tackle into the Hall. - See more at: http://www.profootballhof.com/hof/member.aspx?PlayerId=110#sthash.oPN3qNtj.dpuf
Jordan's defensive linemate Willie Davis, linebacker Ray Nitschke, cornerback Herb Adderley and safety Willie Wood are the defensive stalwarts who preceded the 6-2, 248-pound defensive tackle into the Hall. - See more at: http://www.profootballhof.com/hof/member.aspx?PlayerId=110#sthash.oPN3qNtj.dpuf

See "The Day Dick Butkus Caught a Bobby Douglass Pass for the Win."