Lee Roy was the Dallas Cowboys first draft pick of the 1963 draft. He was the sixth player chosen overall.
Jordan only suited up for seven games in his rookie year, but started each game at left outside linebacker. He ended up swiping three interceptions and recovering a fumble. Jordan would pick off one pass the next year, then none the following season.
He was moved to middle linebacker in 1966 and would stay there the rest of his career.
This was the time the famous "Doomsday Defense" was at its beginnings, and Lee Roy was the leader. He picked off one pass that year and returned it 49 yards for a score.
Lee Roy had three interceptions the next year for a career best 85 yards, while scoring another touchdown and recording a safety.
The Cowboys would end up making it to the 1967 NFL Championship Game before losing to the Green Bay Packers in the famous "Ice Bowl."
Lee Roy was named to the first of three consecutive Pro Bowls that season. Jordan had three picks in 1968, then two the following year.
After getting an interception in 1970, he ended up playing in Super Bowl V, the first Super Bowl after the NFL/AFL merger.
The Cowboys ended up losing in the waning seconds to the Baltimore Colts in a game dubbed "The Blunder Bowl" because it was a game that featured 11 turnovers by both teams and 10 penalties against Dallas.
Lee Roy had two interceptions in 1971, and a career best three fumble recoveries.
The Cowboys would go on to beat the Miami Dolphins 24-3 in Super Bowl VI. It is the only Super Bowl where a team was prevented from scoring a touchdown.
Jordan had two more swipes in 1972, then had a career high six interceptions in 1973.
In one game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Texas Stadium, Jordan picked off three passes in a five minute span. He took one ball for a 31-yard touchdown, and was named to the Pro Bowl after the season.
Lee Roy made his final All Pro Team in 1974, after having two interceptions.
The 1975 season saw Jordan tie his career high of six interceptions, while leading the Cowboys to Super Bowl X. The Cowboys ended up losing a close game to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Jordan again started every game in 1976, but did not record any turnovers for only the second time of his career.
He retired after that season as the franchise's all time leader in tackles, and his 32 interceptions are still tied for the third most ever by a linebacker in NFL history.
He was a true leader who always gave it everything he had on every play without fail.
Not only was he a tackling machine, but the man helped get the ball back for his team's offense over 50 times in his career.
Jordan gathered a turnover in every 3.72 games he played in his career, an outstanding percentage.
His three-interception game was named one of the 10 most memorable moments in the history of in Texas Stadium in 2008.
Not a big man in size or stature, Jordan's heart was immeasurable, and he was one of the top linebackers in the NFL almost every year that he played.
Lee Roy Jordan is a member of the Cowboys Ring Of Fame.
Bob Bruenig, his successor, deserves mention.