COLLEGE STATION -- Randy Jordan, a nine-year NFL running back, has been named the running backs coach at Texas A&M, Aggie head coach Mike Sherman announced today.
“Randy has tremendous passion and enthusiasm for coaching football and developing relationships with players,” Sherman said. “In our conversations, he has demonstrated to me that he can relate well to our players and he is a terrific recruiter. He has experience recruiting the state of Texas.”
Jordan, 37, comes to Aggieland from Lincoln where he served as the running backs coach for the Cornhuskers since 2004. He tutored the I-backs that played a large role in both rushing and catching the football out of the backfield. This past season he mentored a back who rushed for over 1,000 yards and led the team in receptions.
“I am very excited about coming to Aggieland,” Jordan said. “I have watched Coach Sherman’s work on the professional level and I am anxious to get started.”
“My wife came down to College Station with me for an interview and she and I both loved the community and look forward to raising our three children in this area,” Jordan continued. “I’ve seen first hand the passion and pride of the 12th Man, and I look forward to being a part of this school and football program.”
Jordan’s first coaching experience came with the Oakland Raiders as a special teams assistant in 2003.
Jordan played nine years in the NFL as a running back, playing in 122 career games from 1993 through 2002. He began his career with the Los Angeles Raiders before joining the expansion Jacksonville Jaguars in 1995 and playing three seasons. Jordan holds the distinction of scoring the very first touchdown for the Jacksonville club, a 71-yard reception against Cincinnati in 1995. After the 1997 season, Jordan rejoined the Raiders’ organization where he played five more seasons.
In 1998, Jordan rushed for 159 yards for the Raiders. He had a career-high 213 yards rushing and three touchdowns in helping the Raiders reach the AFC Championship Game in 2000. He also caught 27 passes for 299 yards and a touchdown that same season. He finished his career with 574 yards rushing and seven touchdowns, while making 58 catches for 596 yards and two touchdowns.
Jordan was also a standout special teams player. He was the special teams captain for the 2002 Oakland Raider squad that reached Super Bowl XXXVII. He finished his career with 801 yards on 38 career kick returns, including a season best of 553 yards on 26 returns for Jacksonville in 1996. Jordan recorded 64 career tackles on special teams, including a career-best 14 in 1999. He was the recipient of the NFL Unsung Hero Award and the Ed Block Courage Award in 2001.
Jordan played for the University of North Carolina and head coach Mack Brown from 1989 to 1992. He earned three letters for the Tar Heels rushing for 1,134 yards and nine touchdowns in his career, including 618 yards and seven touchdowns in 1991.
Jordan earned his degree in speech communication from North Carolina in 1993. He was born in Manson, North Carolina. Jordan is married and his wife’s name is Romonda. The couple has a daughter, Raven, and two sons, Jalen and Justin.