Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Shelby Jordan

Shelby Jordan


  • Position: Linebacker
  • School: Washington University (Mo.)
  • High School: East St. Louis (St. Louis, Ill.)
  • Years: 1969-72
  • Inducted: 2013
  • Place of Birth: St. Louis, Mo.
  • Date of Birth: Jan 23, 1952
  • Jersey Number: 78
  • Height: 6-7
  • Weight: 270

Member Biography

The consummate student-athlete during his collegiate career, Washington University in St. Louis’ Shelby Jordan becomes the first Bear player in history to tackle induction into the College Football Hall of Fame.

A brooding 6-foot-7, 270-pound tackler, Jordan led WUSL in tackles for three consecutive seasons en route to being named a Kodak First Team All-American 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. Equally impressive in the classroom, the pre-med student was a member of the Washington University Career Scholarship Program, and he graduated with a degree in psychology.

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. Jordan was an inaugural inductee in his alma mater’s sports hall of fame in 1991.