James Ralph "Shug" Jordan
Class of 1969

Category: Football

Born: 9/25/1910
Died: 7/18/1980
Birthplace: Selma, AL

James Ralph "Shug" Jordan was born September 25, 1910, in Selma, Alabama. As an Auburn athlete, he was called "Lefty" because that's how he pitched, shot baskets and snapped the football. After graduation, he stayed on with the Auburn coaching staff until World War II interrupted. After moving to the Miami Seahawks and the University of Georgia for a few years, Jordan returned to his alma mater. The Jordan Era began in 1951. His teams won 175 games, 24 without a loss from 1956-58, won a national championship in 1957 and went to 12 bowls before he retired in 1975. "Shug" produced 20 All-Americans; he coached Heisman Trophy winner Pat Sullivan, and Zeke Smith, Outland Trophy recipient. Coach Jordan died July 18, 1980.

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