The Senior Bowl announced its Hall of Fame class of 2021 on Thursday, with one prominent member of the Saints earning big recognition: defensive end Cameron Jordan. Jordan joined New Orleans native Reggie Wayne and other NFL greats like Patrick Surtain, Joe Staley, and Fred Taylor in the Senior Bowl’s Hall of Fame.
Jordan, 31, is one of many players to participate in the annual all-star game and end up joining the Saints, who selected him with the 24th overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft. He’s gone on to climb the team record books as one of its best-ever defenders; Jordan currently ranks second-best in Saints history with 94.5 career sacks, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Rickey Jackson (115.0).
A six-time Pro Bowler who earned a All-Pro first team nod in 2017, Jordan is also the only active player in this year’s Senior Bowl Hall of Fame class. He shared a statement in a press release announcing the news, saying:
“I had teammates that were older than me at Cal like Tyson Alualu and Alex Mack go to the Senior Bowl and watching those guys ahead of me become first-rounders was proof of how important the Senior Bowl really was. Getting the invite to the Senior Bowl was checking off the list of being acknowledged as one of the nation’s best. When I got the Senior Bowl it allowed me to prove myself and eliminate any self-doubt versus the nation’s best players. Playing in the Senior Bowl reinforced what I should’ve already known — that I was fully prepared to go to the NFL.”
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