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« on: May 12, 2020, 04:18:19 AM »

Getting to Know Jordan Younger - Ed Tait

Jordan Younger is camped out at his offseason home in Mississauga with his girlfriend and his one-year-old son. He's still doing all the things any Canadian Football League assistant coach does, albeit with the unknown that comes from a global pandemic.

But the Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive backs coach has also had some time to reflect on his career - both as a player and a coach in the CFL - and how one phone call can lead to so much change, and joy, in a man's life.

Let's rewind a bit here to explain...

The year was 2004 and following three years in NFL Europe with the Rhein Fire and Amsterdam Admirals, Younger was suiting up with the Indiana Firebirds of the Arena Football League and sharing an apartment with defensive lineman Jonathan Brown.

The two had followed each other around a bit, from stints with the Washington Redskins in 2003, to Amsterdam and then to Indiana. Then in the spring of '04 Brown received a phone call from Canada.

"I'm in the living room and I hear him get a call from the CFL, from Toronto, and figured this is where we're going to part ways," said Younger in a recent chat with bluebombers.com as part of our profiles of the club's assistant coaches."

"But right after he got off the phone my cell phone rang and it was the same guy. It was Greg Mohns, RIP, the former Argos personnel guy. He had called the apartment phone for JB and then called my cell phone right after that.

"I said, 'Yeah, let's keep this party going' and I came up to camp. The rest is history."

That phone call led to the product of Trenton, NJ, now 42, putting down roots in Canada and in the CFL. He carved out a solid nine-year career in the CFL with the Argos and Edmonton Eskimos, was twice named a league all-star and was part of two Grey Cup championship teams in Toronto, in 2004 and 2012 - the latter as the club's defensive captain.

After retiring, he helped establish the International Developmental Fast Football League - a 7-on-7 developmental company aimed at helping get kids get ready for the draft, for college sports or for their high school seasons. He served as an assistant coach with the Oakville Titans in 2013 and the University of Toronto Varsity Blues in 2014, before joining the Argos staff in 2015 and then the Bombers in 2018.

"In the back of my mind I always knew it was a possibility just because of how much I love football and the process. Then, after playing in Toronto and seeing Orlondo Steinauer and Mike O'Shea become coaches and how natural that transition was for them, it made me think about it even more. We had some of the same philosophies, some of the same football ideals. Then I just ran with it.

"Coaching is teaching, that's all it is. There are so many intelligent football players and so many intelligent coaches. But it's really your ability to impart information in a way that players can effectively receive it and process it quickly. Every year I'm trying to simplify the way I impart information so that it's easier for players to digest so that we can be what we want to be."

The rest of Ed Tait's article can be read here!
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