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Is NBA Legend Michael Jordan Related to 2021 NFL Draft Prospect Brevin Jordan?

Basketball fans shouldn’t be surprised if Michael Jordan keeps his eyes on the 2021 NFL draft.

Jordan, a six-time NBA champion, has always had a soft spot for professional football. The Chicago Bulls legend grew up playing football and, later in life, rooted for Mike Zimmer and the Minnesota Vikings, of all teams.

One of the league’s 32 teams will hope they get a version of His Airness when they draft Miami tight end Brevin Jordan. Is the former ACC football star related to Jordan, the iconic basketball player?

Brevin Jordan starred at the University of Miami

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Brevin Jordan always lived up to the expectations which come from playing for the Miami Hurricanes.

Jordan, who is originally from Las Vegas, totaled 105 receptions for 1,358 yards and 13 touchdowns in three seasons at the college level. He set career-highs in receptions (38), receiving yards (576), and receiving touchdowns (seven) last year.

Jordan earned All-ACC honors in each of his three college seasons. He appeared on the All-ACC first team in 2019, when he finished as a finalist for the John Mackey Award, an honor given to the country’s top tight end.

Is Brevin Jordan related to NBA legend Michael Jordan?

Former Miami Hurricanes tight end Brevin Jordan.
Former Miami Hurricanes star Brevin Jordan is a top tight end prospect in the 2021 NFL draft. | Michael Reaves/Getty Images

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At 6 feet 3 inches and 247 pounds, Brevin Jordan may not have the proper dimensions to succeed as a modern NBA player.

Anyone who believed that Miami’s former star tight end was related to NBA legend Michael Jordan may not be pleased, both by his size and our next nugget. Despite their shared last name, the two athletes are not related.

Michael did have two sons who played college sports, but neither were football players. Jeffrey Jordan played point guard at the University of Illinois and the University of Central Florida from 2007-12. His younger brother, Marcus, was a shooting guard at UCF from 2009-12.

What does Jordan bring to the NFL?

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Jordan won’t be the top tight end selected in the 2021 NFL draft — that honor will go to Florida’s Kyle Pitts — but at least one team will definitely take a chance on him.

NFL Media’s Lance Zierlein projected that Jordan would be selected between the third and fourth rounds. Zierlein praised Jordan’s confidence but noted the former All-ACC standout needs to improve on his blocking. 

“He’s best at creating looks for his quarterbacks on simple outs, crossers, and slants. He has decent size and athleticism to add modest yardage after the catch. Many of his catches came on short throws or coverage busts, so some of the production might need to be taken with a grain of salt. He has decent pass-catching talent but needs to bolster the run blocking to become a TE2.”

Lance Zierlein

The 2021 NFL draft begins Thursday, April 29, and ends on Saturday, May 1. 

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