Randy Jordan never had a Dad, and his Mom died when he was 16. Randy Jordan's response? He earned a scholarship to UNC.
Jordan graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in 4 years. His senior season he was named the team's "Comeback Player of the Year."
Jordan went undrafted by the NFL. He made the Raiders as a UDFA.
Early in his NFL career Jordan sustained an injury and was out of the league for a year. He willed his way back to earn a spot on an NFL roster, and lasted 9 seasons in the NFL, serving as a back up multi-purpose running back and a standout special teams player. He was the special teams captain for the 2002 Oakland Raider squad that reached Super Bowl XXXVII.
Jordan won the NFL Unsung Hero Award in 2001 and the Ed Block Courage Award.
Jordan is joining Gruden's staff after serving as UNC's running backs coach and Special Teams Coordinator.
A year ago, he tutored tailback Giovani Bernard to one of the best seasons in UNC history. Bernard led the ACC and ranked 11th in the nation in rushing. He also ranked third on the team in receptions and was fourth in the nation in all-purpose yardage. Bernard was the first running back taken in the NFL Draft when he was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the second round.
Randy Jordan was part of an offensive staff that helped Carolina set more than 35 school records, including total points, points per game and total offense.
Randy Jordan is not the most celebrated Jordan to come out of Chapel Hill. But he's a guy who makes the most of every opportunity presented to him.
Red: "Andy crawled to freedom through five hundred yards of shit smelling foulness I can't even imagine, or maybe I just don't want to. That's the length of five football fields, just shy of half a mile."
Most people see things as they are, and say, "Why?" Randy Jordan strikes me as a guy who dreams of things that never were and says, "Why not?"