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Lee Roy Jordan 55

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1963-1976

Jordan was selected sixth overall in the 1963 NFL draft by the Dallas Cowboys. During preseason in 1963 he was named the Cowboys' weakside linebacker and became the first rookie linebacker in franchise history to start a season-opener. In 1971, he had a team-record 21 tackles against Philadelphia Eagles on September 26. On November 4, 1973, he intercepted three passes in the first quarter from the Cincinnati Bengals' Ken Anderson within the span of five minutes, returning one 31 yards for a touchdown. The picks were collectively named one of the ten most memorable moments in the history of Texas Stadium by ESPN in 2008. Jordan was usually the smallest middle linebacker in the league at only 6 ft 1 in, but his competitiveness and drive made up for his lack of size. 
 

Jordan became the franchise's all-time leader in solo tackles (743) in his 14 seasons with the Cowboys. He was a two-time All-Pro and a five-time Pro Bowler. He also helped the Cowboys to three Super Bowls and five NFC Championship games. Jordan was an able defender against the run and pass, and had a penchant for recovering loose footballs. He remains tied for second in club history with 16 career fumble recoveries. Show your appreciation for Lee Roy Jordan with collectibles, photographs and more here at the Drew Pearson's Cowboys Legends Pro Shop.

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