Mum's been the word on Dion Jordan ever since he gave a diluted sample back in December of 2014, initiating the minimum one-year ban that kept Jordan out of football and kept the Dolphins from directly speaking to him.
Then Jordan's agent, Doug Hendrickson, began putting out information regarding Jordan's status, how he was with well-known trainer Tareq Azim to mount his comeback to the NFL. There were videos, Instagram posts, tweets, but never anything from Jordan himself.
Finally, the former Oregon standout defensive end has broken his long silence and come out to talk about his journey since his suspension with Tom Pelissero of USA TODAY Sports, shortly before a recent workout that he had with the trainer that has had a huge impact on his life since joining Azim's gym.
“(Jordan) was very emotional about his interest in wanting to do his presence justice." Azim said. "He believed in me for a moment there, therefore I have to give that belief back. Until we feel each other’s values not being reciprocated, I’ll ride to the death with the kid.”
That sort of confidence has done a lot for Jordan, as he's already had to overcome several hurdles not just in his NFL career, but also in his everyday life. Pelissero's discussion with Jordan shed a lot of light on the pass-rusher's current mindset, and you can check it out in-depth here.
One of the biggest questions surrounding Dion Jordan is when or if he even would apply for reinstatement with the NFL. Now the answer's been revealed by Jordan himself, as he stated in the interview that he would be applying on Wednesday, which if things go according to the standard operating procedure, Jordan will receive an answer (and hopefully permission to return to the team) within 30-45 days of applying.
Doug Hendrickson stated that Jordan is tested for drugs twice a week and he hasn't failed a test since April 2015. The two tests he failed in 2014 that caused him to miss six games were for MDMA (Ecstacy) and marijuana. The diluted sample that got him suspended for a year was because he'd been drinking alcohol and he didn't know he was being tested for that, so he tried to flush it out of his sample, according to Hendrickson.
As for the Miami Dolphins, the team has stated that if Jordan is reinstated, the team would welcome him back with open arms, and he would join a crowded cast of pass-rushers consisting of Mario Williams, Cameron Wake, Jason Jones, Andre Branch, Chris McCain, Terrence Fede and former CFL star Cleyon Laing.
Obviously not everyone will make the team, but Jordan was drafted third overall in the 2013 draft for a reason. He still has a lot of potential and is under an affordable rookie deal that has him under contract with Miami for the next two years due to his year-long suspension.
“I don’t have a problem trying to rush a quarterback or dropping back in coverage,” Jordan said. “That’s the easy part.”
The hardest part has been his mental and emotional journey, and it seems it's very close to coming to an end. It's been said over and over again that Jordan has all the talent in the world, Dolphins legend Jason Taylor even compared Jordan to himself talent-wise before he was drafted.
The number of players who have successfully come back from situations like this is very small, and now - if he's reinstated - Jordan will get one more shot to prove that he can be the star he was originally projected to be all those years ago.
“I’m not about to waste it. I can’t waste it."
This story was written by Luis Sung. Follow him on Twitter: @FLSportDebater
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