Another day, another Eagles player to highlight in our Nuggets series. We want all fans to familiarize themselves with the key players who will be counted upon to make an impact in 2010. Today, we focus on linebacker Akeem Jordan. The 6-1, 230-pound Jordan proved his versatility by playing both outside and middle linebacker in 2009. This season, he'll be asked to work in on defense as a backup outside linebacker and solidify the special teams units. Let's learn a little more about Jordan.
1. With an interception in each of the first two games of 2009, Jordan became the first Eagles linebacker to have two picks in the same season since Ike Reese since 2004 and the first Eagles linebacker to have picks in back-to-back games since William Thomas in 1995. He was one of just three Eagles to record both an interception and a full sack in 2009 (Sean Jones, Will Witherspoon).
2. A rookie free agent signing out of I-AA James Madison in 2007, not even his college coaches thought he would make it to the NFL. They told him that he would make a great Arena League player, Jordan recalled when discussing his road to the NFL. Well, he's played in 37 career games (17 starts) in three seasons and has racked up 154 tackles, one sack, two interceptions and a fumble recovery. He also has 55 career special teams tackles. In fact, Jordan became the first JMU player to start an NFL game since 2000. He is one of just five former JMU players to start in the NFL.
3. Jordan was part of the Dukes' national championship run in 2004, which was the same year that the Eagles made it to the Super Bowl. Jordan claims to have won a football title at every level (Pee Wee, high school and college) except the NFL. "All that's missing is a Super Bowl," said Jordan, "and I hope to get that one too."
-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 12:45 p.m., July 12