Dec. 5, 2006
Providence, RI - Former Brown University and NFL standout Steve Jordan '82 has been named a recipient of the prestigious NCAA Silver Anniversary Award. The award recognizes former student-athletes who completed successful collegiate careers in various sports 25 years ago and went on to excel in their chosen profession.
The award will be presented at the NCAA Honors Celebration, January 7, during the annual NCAA Convention in Orlando, Florida.
A native of Phoenix, Arizona, who now resided in Chandler, Arizona, Jordan enjoyed a distinguished undergraduate career at Brown on the playing field and in the classroom. As a three-year tight end for the Bears' football team, Jordan was a two-time first team All-Ivy selection and honorable mention All-American his junior year. His 1,330 career receiving yards ranked third in the Brown record book upon graduation, while his 17.97 yards per reception are still third in Brown football history. He also set single-season Brown records for receiving yards in one game (188 verses Penn in 1981), and the receiving record for yards in a season (693 in 1981).
After earning Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Brown in 1982, Jordan put his career as an engineer on hold to pursue an All-Pro career in the National Football League. Jordan played 13 years with the Minnesota Vikings and was recognized as a member of the All-Pro team for six consecutive seasons, from 1987 to 1992. In 2002, he was recognized as a member of the Vikings' 40th Anniversary Team.
Throughout his football career, Jordan worked on days off and the off-season as an engineer. Following his retirement from professional football in 1995, Jordan joined the Ryan Companies, an industry leader as a one-stop building development and construction company. Jordan currently serves as senior project manager for Ryan Companies Inc., where he coordinates client construction activities among architects, engineers, subcontractors and superintendents on Ryan Companies projects.
Jordan established the Steve R. Jordan Endowed Scholarship for Minority Athletes at Brown in 2000. Also at Brown, he has served on the Brown Sports Foundation Board of Directors since 1996 and member of the engineering department's 150th anniversary campaign committee. He served as Term Trustee Emeritus of the Corporation from 1993 to 1997 and a Corporation Fellow from 1998 to present. Other professional and civic contributions include member of the College Football Hall of Fame Advisory Board, Leukemia Golf Classic former honorary chairman, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation honorary board member, Special Olympics volunteer, National Missing Children's Foundation, Multiple Sclerosis Society, Boys and Girls Clubs, Camp Confidence and Minnesota Attorney General's Office Alliance for a Drug-Free Minnesota.