Charles Jordan (American football)

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Charles Jordan
No. 85, 82, 88
Position: Wide Receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1969-10-09) October 9, 1969 (age 47)
Place of birth: Los Angeles, California
Career information
High school: Inglewood (CA) Morningside
College: Long Beach City College
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Receiving: 46
Yards: 817
TDS: 5
Player stats at

Charles Alexander Jordan (born October 9, 1969) is a former American football wide receiver who played in the National Football League for seven seasons from 1993 to 1999, as well as in the XFL.

Early years[edit]

Jordan was born in Los Angeles, California, USA. His parents are Charles Jordan, Sr. and Roxie Jordan.[1] Retired NFL wide receiver Curtis Conway is his cousin.[2]

In addition to playing football at Morningside High School in Inglewood, California, he was a wrestler and a track star. Jordan set a CIF Southern Section 2-A State track record in the 200-meters at 21:59 in 1987, the year he graduated.[3] He planned on playing college football at the University of Utah but felt the student/athlete challenge wasn't a good match, so he enrolled at Long Beach City College in Long Beach, California. Surgery put him on the injured reserve list, and with LBCC running an option offense[4] that didn't match Jordan's talents, he left the program in 1988 with fellow Morningside wide receiver Alex Williams.[5]

Jordan became a member of the Family Swans, a Bloods set.[6] He was shot four times,[7] and he spent time in county jail.[8] At one point, he was charged with murder, though the charges were later dismissed.[9] Jordan also worked as a cook at Little Rascals, his uncle's soul food restaurant in South Central Los Angeles, and assisted at his aunt's beauty salon. Eventually, Jordan decided to return to college and play out his eligibility.


Invited to the Oakland Raiders' mini-camp for draft choices in 1993, he made the team,[8] though he didn't play a single game for the Raiders that season.[10] In 1994 and 1995, he played for the Green Bay Packers. In 1996, he was signed by the Miami Dolphins as a restricted free agent, receiving a three-year, $2.6 million contract.[11] Coach Jimmy Johnson cut Jordan in the last of the three seasons following a November 1998 arrest after a nightclub fight that included charges of trespassing, battery on a law enforcement officer, and resisting arrest with and without violence.[12] In his final NFL season, 1999,.he first played for the Seattle Seahawks and then returned to Green Bay.[13] In 2001, he joined the Memphis Maniax, an XFL team.[14]


  1. ^ Cole, Jason (1996-06-02). "Overcoming The Scars It's Taken A Long Time For Speedy Charles Jordan To Outrun His Troubled Past.". Retrieved 29 July 2010. 
  2. ^ Cole, Jason (1996-03-07). "Wr Jordon Signs Offer Sheet Packer Backup Less Expensive Than Big-name Free Agents". Retrieved 29 July 2010. 
  3. ^ "CIF Boys Track & Field". Retrieved 29 July 2010. 
  4. ^ Springer, Steve (1993-08-05). "Jordan Took the Long Way to Raider Camp Football: Receiver from Inglewood was out of game five years before signing last spring.". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 29 July 2010. 
  5. ^ "Jordan Has Surgery". Los Angeles Times. October 11, 1998. Retrieved 28 July 2010. 
  6. ^ Manly, Howard (December 5, 1997). "Article: On ESPN report, the gangs are all here". Article: On ESPN report, the gangs are all here Article from: The Boston Globe (Boston, MA). Retrieved 28 July 2010. 
  7. ^ "Gang influence reaches into pros - ESPN SportsZone".,. December 5, 1997. Retrieved 28 July 2010. 
  8. ^ a b George, Thomas (August 3, 1993). "ON PRO FOOTBALL; College Dropout to Camp Drop-In". The New York Times. Retrieved 28 July 2010. 
  9. ^ Falk, Gerhard (2005). Football and American identity. Contemporary sports issues. Routledge. p. 201. ISBN 0-7890-2527-2. 
  10. ^ Brioso, Cesar (1998-08-22). "A Threat To Go Deep? With Dan Marino Pitching And Charles Jordan Catching, Look For The Home Run Ball.". Retrieved 29 July 2010. 
  11. ^ Cole, Jason (1996-12-15). "Johnson, Jordan Work Out Differences". Retrieved 29 July 2010. 
  12. ^ Kollin, Joe (1998-11-15). "Jordan Arrested, Waived J.j. Cuts Receiver After Nightclub Fight With Police". Retrieved 29 July 2010. 
  13. ^ "All-Time Players". National Football League. Retrieved 28 July 2010. 
  14. ^ Stuchbury, Fran (February 2, 2001). "Inside the XFL - A look at what's to come". Retrieved 28 July 2010.