Mentioned in the same breath as Deion Sanders and Bo Jackson among standout two-sport athletes, Baltimore native Brian Jordan has won playoff games in both the National Football League and Major League Baseball. A first round draft pick by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1988 amateur draft, Jordan also patrolled the Atlanta Falcons’ secondary from 1989 to 1991 while he ascended through the Cardinals’ ranks.
In 1991 as a safety he helped lead the Falcons over the New Orleans Saints in the Wild Card round, then intercepted two-time Pro Bowler Mark Rypien in the divisional round, only five months before he went 2-for-5 with 4 RBI in his major league debut with the Cardinals. Jordan spent seven seasons with the Cardinals before signing with the Atlanta Braves in the 1998 offseason. In 1999 Jordan made the National League All-Star Team, hit 23 home runs and drove in a career-high 115 runs.
He carried that momentum into the N.L Division Series – where he batted .471 with seven RBI, including the game-winning RBI double in the 12th inning of game three – and Championship Series – where he smacked a pair of home runs – to lead the Braves to a World Series berth. Jordan currently resides in the Atlanta area, where he serves as an analyst on FOX Sports South’s Braves LIVE and continues to provide assistance for community youths through the Brian Jordan Foundation.
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