Jordan Cameron is a former American football tight end who played for ‘National Football League’ (NFL) teams such as the ‘Cleveland Browns’ and the ‘Miami Dolphins.’ Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Jordan had a family that was involved in sports. His great-grandfather, his grandfather, and his father had all played professional sports in their time. Hence, it was somehow obvious that Jordan would maintain the family tradition of being associated with sports. He attended the ‘Newbury Park High School’ and played football for the school team. Playing as a junior, he became part of the ‘All-Marmonte League First Team.’ Apart from displaying exceptional skills as a footballer, he also played other sports in high school, such as basketball and volleyball. He enrolled at the ‘University of Southern California’ following his high-school graduation and played football as a wide receiver. During the senior year of college football, he began playing as a tight end. He was selected by the ‘Cleveland Browns’ in the 2011 ‘NFL Draft,’ whereas in December 2013, he was voted for ‘Pro Bowl.’ In March 2015, however, he moved to the ‘Miami Dolphins.’ Suffering from four concussions, Jordan finally retired from the game in 2017.
Childhood & Early Life
Jordan Cameron was born Jordan Cravens Cameron, on August 7, 1988, in Los Angeles, California, to Cathy and Stan Cameron. He was raised in a religious household that followed the ‘Mormon Church.’ He grew up with a sister, Brynn, and a brother, Colby.
Although his father later worked in a telecommunication company, he had a history in sports, and so did Jordan’s great-grandfather and grandfather. His great-grandfather, Archie Jones, was a professional track runner, while his grandfather, Jack Cravens, had played basketball for the ‘Houston Cougars.’ His father had also played professional basketball in the late 1970s.
Ever since he was a kid, Jordan had the right physique to play sports. He and his brother, Colby, played many sports in their upper-middle-class locality. When he was still young, his family moved to Newbury Park, California. There, Jordan joined the ‘Newbury Park High School.’
Although he played many sports in school, American football was the sport he desired to follow seriously. Colby was also a budding footballer, and that encouraged Jordan to take up the sport. He easily made his way into his school’s football team.
He played exceptionally well from the very beginning. As a junior, he was named to the ‘All-Marmonte League’ first team. While in his senior year, he made his way into the ‘Prep Star All-West’ team and the ‘All-Marmonte League’ first team.
He played as a wide receiver in his school team. In his senior year alone, he scored 12 touchdowns, catching 73 passes for 1022 yards. This performance did not go unnoticed, and he was approached by many colleges across the country.
However, football was not his sole sporting interest. He was also on his school’s volleyball and basketball teams.
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Although he had made a name for himself playing football in high school, his interests shifted to basketball once he graduated high school. He joined the ‘Brigham Young University’ and became part of the college’s basketball team.
He had gotten invitations to study in major universities such as ‘Yale,’ ‘Harvard,’ and ‘University of Southern California’ (USC), but he decided to join ‘Brigham Young,’ considering his interest in playing basketball.
However, Utah’s football coach Kyle Wittingham came in touch with the family and asked Jordan to play football, as according to him, he had a great future in the sport. He was playing basketball with his college team, the ‘Cougars,’ during his junior year, when he began missing football.
He talked to his family about it. He was also redshirted by the ‘Cougars’ basketball coach, which further helped Jordan make a decision. He learned that he was also invited by the ‘USC.’ He took the plunge and transferred to the ‘USC.’ He then joined the college’s football team immediately.
He began playing as a wide receiver for the ‘USC’ in 2007. However, due to some issues with the credit-transfer from his previous college, he was compelled to join ‘Ventura College.’ Due to this, he missed out on playing football for his college team. However, he was offered to rejoin the team in 2008.
He enrolled at the ‘USC’ in 2008, and for the next two seasons, he played for them as a wide receiver. However, he failed to score any catches. It was during his final season with the team that his coach realized that he would be better as a tight end. With this, his final season of college football became a success, as he ended up catching 16 passes for 126 yards and one touchdown.
With this above-average final-year performance, it was almost certain that he was going to be a good choice for the ‘NFL Draft.’
Following his college graduation, Jordan was invited to play at the ‘East-West Shrine’ game, where he impressed the coaches with his skills. By then, he was not in a lot of demand in the upcoming 2011 ‘NFL Draft,’ but he significantly improved his chances through his workouts in the ‘NFL Combine.’ He was placed in the top three in almost every drill that he participated in for the ‘NFL Combine.’
In the 2011 ‘NFL Draft,’ he was selected by the ‘Cleveland Browns’ as the 102nd pick. He played exceptionally well for the team in the next 2 years, and in December 2013, he was voted for the ‘Pro Bowl.’
In March 2015, he was offered $15 million by the ‘Miami Dolphins.’ He accepted the offer. However, his career was plagued with many concussions when he was active in professional football. He made a tough decision to take an early retirement in March 2017. In the 66 games that he played during his career, Jordan received 173 catches for 2,046 yards, with 14 touchdowns.
Family & Personal Life
Jordan is the boyfriend of golfer Tiger Woods’s former wife, Elin Nordegren. The couple had maintained their relationship’s secrecy for many years. She divorced Tiger when she came to know about his countless affairs. Elin and Cameron are expecting their first child soon.
His siblings are both sportspersons. His younger sister, Brynn, played professional basketball at the ‘USC,’ while his brother, Colby, has played as a quarterback for the ‘Carolina Panthers.’ One of his first cousins, Su’a Cravens, plays football for the ‘Denver Broncos.’