By Victor Milani

Jordon Mabin was born October 31, 1988, and was a 2007 Nordonia High School graduate. Mabin was a two-sport mabin-picaathlete excelling in both football and track. During his 10th, 11th, and 12th grade seasons he was Nordonia’s MVP in football. During his senior season he was chosen as the Cable 9, ABJ, PD, and Fox 8 Player of the Year. Jordan also earned the Lou Groza MVP award as given by the Cleveland Touchdown Club and was an All-Ohio selection his senior year. According to Rivals.com Jordan was ranked as the 2nd best cornerback and 6th best running back in the state. Scout.com ranked him as the 18th best cornerback in the nation. Jordan finished his high school career with 6,700 rushing yards which ranks him as the 6th highest rusher in state history. His 92 touchdowns rank him 9th in state history. He never missed a game in his high school career. Jordan holds numerous records at Nordonia including most rushing yards per game (317), season (2,354), and career (6,700), most carries in a game (38) and career (869), as well as most points scored in a season (184) and career (564).

At Northwestern University Jordan had 49 career starts at cornerback. His senior season he was team co-captain. He finished his career with 7 interceptions. He was an All-Big Ten Academic Honoree. After redshirting his initial year at Northwestern, Mabin started the last 11 games at cornerback for the Wildcats in 2008. He finished with 52 total tackles and three interceptions for the year. Mabin subsequently earned multiple All-Freshman honors, as he was named to FWAA′s Freshman All-America team and Sporting News′ Freshman All-American team. Jordon Mabin’s NFL travels began when he signed with the Baltimore Ravens as an Undrafted Free Agent. Mabin was later released from the Ravens preseason roster cuts on August 26. Then in mid-October he joined the Ravens’ practice squad.

Mabin then signed to the practice roster of the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League for two regular season games. Jordon then signed to the practice squad with the hometown Cleveland Browns on December 26. After being released, he signed again with Montreal on March 27, 2013.

On August 1, 2013, Mabin signed with the Atlanta Falcons. He was later cut on August 30, 2014. He signed to the practice squad on December 12, 2014, and was released by the Falcons on May 1.

On August 4, 2015, the San Diego Chargers signed Mabin. Jordon is currently a free agent, and resides in Atlanta.

Jordon Mabin stated:

“Thanks for honoring me in your blog as a home town hero; I am honored and thankful to be a part of the piece. My parents still live in the Northfield Center and I was just back there for a day last week for a job interview (wish I could have spent some more time at home but it was pretty cold lol). As you mentioned I was with the Chargers till the end of preseason and was released. Since being released from San Diego I have had a few workouts with other teams but nothing stuck. Fortunately for me, I graduated with my Master from Northwestern and had that to fall back on.”

“I currently live in the Atlanta area with my big one year old German shepherd named Dallas. Recently I have found a job with the Atlanta Falcons working in their Corporate Partnership Department. The NFL has impacted my life in such a way that I wanted to stay connected after my playing days are over. I don’t know exactly what my future holds but I know with my faith, I’ll be steered down the right direction.”

“I would say the two most impactful people in my life have to be my parents. They are my voice of reason and the people I go to for advice. They helped shape the man I am today! Amy Buccilla (Jordon’s girlfriend) has always been there for me. She encourages me and has always been there through the up’s and down’s. I appreciate them more than they know! Coach Bo (Keith Boedicker) also helped me develop not only as a football player but a man off the field too!”

Jordon Mabin can be proud of all his accomplishments. From his Nordonia High School years as an offensive/defensive 2 way football player and track superstar to collegiate and professional ranks in the NFL. Mabin is only one of four Nordonia athletes to play in the NFL. The others being Jason Trusnik, Rob Sims, and Kevin Kowalski.  Jordon is also a member of the Nordonia Athletic Football Hall of Fame. Macedonia native/Nordonia High School graduate Jordon Mabin’s family and many friends should be proud of this week’s NORDONIA HILLS.NEWS HOME-TOWN HERO JORDON MABIN!!