Audio - Fish Tank

Charles Jordan: Lucky

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Jordan found a home with the street gang, The Bloods, around the same time he found football. Despite being shot, spending time in jail, and playing less than one season at Long Beach City College, he worked his way on to the Los Angeles Raiders roster in 1993 and enjoyed an eight-year professional career. Prior to the 1996 season, Jimmy Johnson signed Charles to a three-year contract, during which time he teamed with Dan Marino and our very own O.J. McDuffie. In The Tank, Charles candidly shares details from his early gang life, explains how Hall of Famers James Lofton and Howie Long helped him earn opportunities with the Raiders and then the Dolphins, and reflects on life lessons he wished he had learned sooner.