Growing up with a father who won a championship ring in one of the most celebrated sports in America, Jenelle Jordan know that if she pursues any sport she has to play it with same intensity and tenacity as her dad.
So on Saturday, the PacificTown Army import showed just that in the Lady Troopers’ emphatic 25-18, 25-14, 25-20, drubbing of Banko in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference.
Jenelle’s father, former San Francisco 49ers linebacker and Superbowl XXIX champion Darin was at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan to watch her daughter play.
Jordan finished with 11 points in an all-around display of her offense with seven coming off attacks, three kill blocks and an ace that helped PacificTown Army clinch the no. 3 seed in the best-of-three semifinals.
“Her game is great,” said the 54-year old ex-American football star, who arrived Thursday with son Jonah. “I haven't seen her play this well for a long time, she's playing really well, she's playing inspired volleyball.”
“She looks good, she's healthy, the team's healthy and they are all playing together, right? So, it's great to see her play and I haven't seen her play in a while,” added Darin Jordan.
Jenelle’s mother, Dr. Andrea Hayes-Jordan, who is the Division of Pediatric Surgery chief of North Carolina Children's Hospital, is set to arrive on Tuesday in time for the Lady Troopers’ semis campaign.
“Yeah, my family is here. They’re very supportive of me. It’s not more of a shock to me that they are here. I know they are coming when I told them that I was playing here in the Philippines,” said Jenelle Jordan. “It makes me happy. Almost all the places I played they come to see me play.”
Darin Jordan was just happy that her daughter inherited the same trait that brought him success during his NFL career.
“Tenacity. The ability to overcome and the ability to make the people around you better. You can be great but it's not about you, in the game of football, it's about your teammates,” said Darin Jordan, who still wear the championship ring he won with the 49ers back in 1994 in a 49-26 win over the San Diego Chargers. “So the one thing that I hope that she learns, as great as she is, she has to make everyone else around her better.”
“Which is why people feeds off her and her spirit because she's all about somebody else. It's not about her, it's about the team. And as long as her team does well, then she will do well,” added Darin Jordan, who was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1988 before transferring to the Los Angeles Raiders in 1990 and eventually played for the 49ers from 1991 to 1994. “So you have to serve in order to be served.”
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