Henry Jordan

  • 4x Pro Bowl selection (1960, 1961, 1963, 1966)
  • 7x All-Pro selection ( 1960-1964, 1966, 1967) 1 2 team
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame (1995 )
  • Virginia Sports Hall of Fame (1974 )
  • Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame (1995 )
  • University of Virginia Hall of Fame (1995 )
  • 5x NFL champion (1961, 1962, 1965-1967 )
  • 2x Super Bowl winner I, II
  • Pro Bowl MVP (1961 )

Henry Wendell Jordan ( born January 26, 1935 in Emporia, Virginia, USA, † February 21, 1977 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States) was an US- American football player and concert organizers. He played as a defensive tackle in the National Football League ( NFL) for the Cleveland Browns and the Green Bay Packers.


Henry Jordan was born in Emporia. His family is German - French - English - Indian descent. The father of Henry Jordan worked on the railroad. He grew up with five siblings. Jordan did not have the physical abilities to play football at first. At the age of 14, he was in high school required by his physical education teacher to participate in the training of the football team. Previously, he had been active only as a wrestler and track athlete at the school. At age 16, he won as a heavyweight wrestler the state championship of Virginia. As a football player he could convince likewise. The University of Virginia was aware of him and offered him a scholarship.

Playing career

College career

Henry Jordan studied from 1954 to 1957 at the University of Virginia. For the football team, the Virginia Cavaliers defensive tackle as he ran aground. In 1956 he won the heavyweight championship of the Atlantic Coast Conference wrestler, which additionally earned him the qualification to national college championship in 1957. Because of his athletic achievements, he was awarded by his college three times.

Professional career

In 1957, Jordan was drafted by Paul Brown of the Cleveland Browns in the fifth round at 52nd place. An invitation to training camp by the Browns he could not meet because it was set up for the College All- Star game and was in the corresponding training camp. While preparing for this game, the Browns dismissed all rookies. Jordan was not affected by these layoffs due to his absence. The Browns were feed with players such as Lou Groza, Jim Brown or Ray Renfro one of the top teams in the NFL and could in the years 1957 and 1958 respectively in the NFL playoff. Both games, however, were lost to the team of Jordan. In 1957 they lost to the Detroit Lions with 59:14, the following year, the New York Giants 10-0 translated by.

In 1959, Jordan joined the Green Bay Packers, whose new coach Vince Lombardi had shown strong interest in its obligation. Lombardi succeeded in one of the worst teams in the NFL to form a top team. Together with the later members in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Bart Starr, Ray Nitschke Emlen Tunnell or Jordan became one of the key players in the defense of the Packers. He moved up to end of his career in 1969 with the Packers six times in the NFL playoff one. Five of these playoffs he could win with his team. After a final defeat in 1960 against the Philadelphia Eagles, Jordan won in 1961 and 1962 with his team the NFL championship - in 1961 with a 37:0 victory over the New York Giants and 1961 with another victory over the Giants, this time 16:7. 1965 Jordan then moved for the fourth time in the final one. His former team from Cleveland defeated the Packers with 23:12.

In subsequent years, the Packers were the superior team in the NFL. 1966 won the NFL title game against the Dallas Cowboys with 34:27 Jordan with the team from Green Bay. The victory meant a place in the AFL - NFL Championship Game, which was later renamed the Super Bowl. Opponent in the Super Bowl I were assisted by Hank Stram Kansas City Chiefs, who clearly lost with 35:10. Jordan should prevail with the Packers in 1967. First, in the NFL title game team, coached by Tom Landry Cowboys defeated with 21:17, followed by Jordan won with a 33:14 victory of his team over the Oakland Raiders their second Super Bowl title.

Due to injuries in the 1969 season, Jordan was only five games contest. He finished his career after this round.

After playing career

Henry Jordan was an annual music festival in Milwaukee, which up to a million viewers has claimed his career managing director of Summerfest. Under his leadership were numerous artists such as Sly & the Family Stone, Johnny Cash or The Doors on at the festival. He died of a heart attack and is on La Belle Cemetery in Oconomowoc, Waukesha County, Wisconsin buried.


Henry Jordan played five times in the Pro Bowl, the final game of the best players of the season. He was seven times elected to the All- Pro. He is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame, in the Hall of Fame of his colleges and the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame.