The concept of brotherhood is forged throughout successful football locker rooms across the nation, but for the Nebraska football team, it will take on a much more literal sense this fall.
Twin brothers Grant and Spencer Jordan, who spent their high school careers racking up tackles at Omaha Westside, decided to walk on at Nebraska. The decision to join the team never seemed to be in question for the brothers.
“Growing up in Nebraska and going to the games, you’re a fan and you one day dream to play for the Huskers,” Grant said.
“I think we came out of the womb as Huskers fans,” Spencer added.
Aiding in the already trouble-free decision is the twin’s older brother Harrison, who will be vying for Nebraska’s starting fullback position this season. Harrison was originally going to accept a scholarship from North Dakota State but was talked into joining Nebraska’s heralded walk-on program by coaches in 2013. His time within the program has provided valuable insight and influence for the twins.
“We got to see firsthand how they treated walk-ons at Nebraska,” Grant said. “They’re treated just like any other member of the team and it made the choice to walk on very easy for us.”
While Harrison has provided the blueprint for the twins, they have a slight advantage on their older brother -- size.
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The twins are 3 inches taller than Harrison and will provide Nebraska with speed and athleticism at the linebacker and fullback positions.
“Harrison is more compact and packs quite a punch, but the twins definitely have the speed advantage,” said Omaha Westside coach Brett Froendt. “They’ve been dedicated to the program for four years and have always worked harder to make themselves better and I think they’ve seen the results.”
Helping in the drive for self-improvement is a friendly internal rivalry among the brothers. Their competitiveness while pushing one another helped lead Westside to back-to-back state playoff appearances.
“We are always challenging each other to work harder,” Spencer said. “When we played linebacker together we would try to see who could get to the quarterback first. Just little games like that gave us extra motivation."
When talking to the Jordans, it's clear that they are a tight-knit group, so the idea of the twins heading off to different colleges was never in the picture.
“I don’t think we ever talked about going to different schools,” Spencer said. “The longest we’ve gone without hanging out is five days when Grant went on vacation, but we still ended up talking on the phone every night.”
The Jordans will be the first trio of brothers to play for Nebraska since the Cottons (Ben, Jake and Sam) in 2012.