by Brian Smith
September 10, 2010 – When Shawn Jordan walks into a room, he naturally draws attention. After all, it’s not difficult to notice a man that stands 6-feet and weighs 265-pounds, and benched over 600-pounds as a LSU Tiger fullback just a few years ago.
Jordan’s physical prowess drew major college recruiters to El Paso, Texas (Riverside). After mulling offers from several different major programs, Jordan decided to attend Louisiana State University.
“Oklahoma State, UCLA, Stanford, LSU, Colorado, and Texas offered me late,” Jordan said of his recruitment. One particular area tipped the scales in favor of the Bayou Bengals.
“They’re the reason that I came to LSU. LSU fans know your name, your position, stats, they knew things about me that I didn’t even know about me,” Jordan said with a grin. “They knew how many yards I rushed for, how many receiving yards that I had. It’s crazy.”
Indeed, LSU fans follow recruiting and the players the Tigers coaching staff covet. To earn that respect from the LSU coaching staff, Jordan excelled against stiff competition during his prep playing career.
“I played against Cedric Benson [of Midland Lee], Odessa (Permian), Andrews high school, guys and teams like that,” said Jordan. “The competition!” Jordan proclaimed about what stood out about Texas high school football.
Jordan continued, “People don’t realize just how much there is to knowing football (scheme). It really helped me [prepare for LSU].”
In addition to being one of the top fullback recruits for the class of 2003, Jordan earned All-State honors as a linebacker. That physical nature of playing running back and linebacker in high school helped him be a prominent member of the LSU team, and earn 2003 and 2007 national championship rings. Jordan knew why the Tigers played at such a high level, and it’s something all fans should pay close attention to.
“Building that bond with the rest of the teammates that you played with, Jordan stated as his fondest memory of playing for LSU. “We played to help all of us succeed.” With that type of team-first attitude, it’s not surprising that Jordan helped pave the way for some dominant rushing attacks, as well as help catch the football and protect the passer, two necessary components of a major Division I fullback.
To provide a better perspective of Jordan’s unselfishness, the following states it all:
|Shawn Jordan (left) with manager and promoter Trey Beall (center)
“I scored against Kentucky on like a six-yard pass. I don’t remember how far it was, but it was like six-yards.” Jordan did not concern himself with personal accomplishment. He wanted victories. That’s the measure of a true team player.
Playing for one of the most successful college programs in the nation, Jordan played in some electric environments outside of Tiger Stadium. “I played in all of them,” Shawn said of the SEC Stadiums. “I’ve played in a lot of places, but there truly is no place like Tiger Stadium. The fans in Louisiana, they are what make or break you (LSU players).”
Playing for a team that featured numerous talented defensive linemen, Jordan provided his thoughts about which LSU players he thought proved to be the best while he played in Baton Rouge:
“Glenn Dorsey and Kyle Williams were just beasts. We had a lot of great DL, but those were probably the best interior DL.”
Not shocking answers, and Jordan’s answers for defensive end should not surprise anyone either:
“Big Spear (Marcus Spears) and Tyson (Jackson).”
|Photo by LA Fight Photography|
While battling the LSU defense during practice, Jordan also needed to continue to learn the play book. While his high school playing days aided him in gaining a scholarship to attend LSU, more work would be needed to play for now FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher, formally the offensive coordinator for the Tigers.
“It was much more involved (LSU). I had to adjust to who the offensive linemen took (blocked), and the speed, that was the biggest adjustment (from HS to College).”
Now that Jordan earned his LSU degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis on Human Movement and a minor in Chemistry, he’s moved on to be a personal trainer, but that’s not his only occupation. He also competes in cage fighting, and it’s as intense as one can imagine from the outside looking in.
“The first minutes of a fight will tell me what it’s going to take. Is this guy going to break? Is he going to fight no matter what? What’s his skill level compared to mine?”
Thus far Jordan compiled a 10-1 professional record, and he continues to train for future events.
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“The difference between the guys I compete against at this level and the UFC guys is mental. All those guys are mentally tough. Even if they think they’re done, they won’t quit. “You can just tell by the way you hit a guy if he’s going to quit.”
Jordan’s route to cage fighting presents itself as a story of being in the right place at the right time. Another former Tiger, Trey Beall, met Jordan while lifting weights at the same gym. After becoming acquainted with one another, the topic of getting into cage fighting came up. That’s when Beall’s business experience helped Jordan earn a new and exciting opportunity.
“The promoter puts on the production,” Beall said. There’s much to that production, however, and it’s a never-ending process. Finding a time, a place, and a good match up must all be achieved, as Beall explained in more detail.
“A lot of times in mixed martial arts (MMA), there are guys that get into fights that are good match ups for them. It’s not a matter of guts, because most MMA guys will fight anybody. It’s just that sometimes guys get into fights that the skill sets are not a good match up, something like that.
“What I do, I look at the contracts, and research the possible opponents to make sure it’s a good match up for Shawn.”
Then, of course, the subject of money must come into play. Everyone wants to earn a pay check. Beall makes sure that Jordan’s financial matters take on a high priority.
“Negotiate his purse, his travel, his periderm, stuff like that,” Beall commented about his involvement with Jordan’s financial aspects.
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So, why does Beall help manage Jordan’s MMA career?
“This is my hobby; it gives me a chance to travel a little bit. I don’t take a dime of Shawn’s purse. I enjoy it.”
Considering Jordan’s physical skill level, Beall undoubtedly enjoys his hobby.
“He can do a standing back flip in my office; he can dunk a basketball with two hands,” said Beall.
Young Mr. Jordan lived a great life up until this time, recently under the guidance of Mr. Beall, of course. Shawn Jordan will be an interesting young man to follow moving forward, and an LSU Tiger for life.