(ST. JOSEPH) Reggie Jordan was moving furniture in Alabama with his brother Mike when he got a call he wasn't expecting.
"I didn't really want to pick up because I didn't know who it was," he said. "But I finally decided to call back."
"I could just tell by the look on his face that something was up, but I couldn't really tell what," Mike said.
It was a secretary from the NFL headquarters in Indianapolis telling the Missouri Western tight end to check his email for an invite to next month's NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium.
It's a surprising turn of events for any Division II player, so to be sure, he got in touch with a fellow St. Louis native.
"I instantly called up David Bass," he said. "I asked him: 'Was this the same email you got when you were invited?' He said: 'Yeah, this is it."
"We bothe became drastically more excited," Mike said. "It was definitely a big moment for him and even me."
A former teammate of the Jordans, Bass went through the process of the Combine, pro day at MWSU, and a bowl game before being drafted in the seventh round by Oakland last year.
He's just one of three Griffons, along with kicker Greg Zuerlein and running back Michael Hill, to hit an active NFL roster over the last two seasons. That's encouraging younger players they can build a road to the league from St. Joe.
That includes Mike, a sophomore corner back for MWSU, who draws inspiration from seeing his brother get a chance to fulfill a childhood dream after growing up in the game together.
"My first year was also his first year," he said. "I was in fifth grade and he was in seventh. "The journey we've both been on and all the stuff we've been through, this opportunity seemed so surreal."
"Of course it's going to fuel you to say: "If they could do it, I can do it too," Reggie added. "Anything is possible."
The elder Jordan says his inspiration also comes from guys like former Griffon tight end Gijon Robinson, who signed with the Colts as an undrafted free agent in 2007. Jordan feels showing flashes of that same skill set helped him get the invite.
"He was just a dominant blocker. They saw some video on me being aggressive and blocking until the whistle. Obviously they've seen some things that I can do."
His numbers may not blow up the stat sheet, but like most tight ends, Jordan's size made him a go-to target in the red zone. That's just another reason he believes he can impress when the whole league is watching in February.
"I definitely believe they'll have to see it to believe it."
He says he plans to continue training with assistant football coach Wes Bell before the combine begins on Feb. 22nd.
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