Pirates Profile: Jordan McCray

By: Reed Becker
Pirates Writer
April 1, 2021

I recently had the chance to speak with offensive lineman Jordan McCray, who is entering his first season with the Massachusetts Pirates. McCray signed with the Pirates in January 2021 after last playing for the Tampa Bay Vipers in the XFL in 2020. At the time of his signing, Pirates president and general manager Jawad Yatim called McCray the “Most influential signing of this offseason.” The following profile allows Pirate nation to learn more about Jordan McCray and explains how he spends his offseason.

Jordan McCray is from Miami, Florida, and splits his time living in South Beach and Atlanta, Georgia during the offseason. McCray played soccer from kindergarten up to eighth grade and wrestled from middle school through high school. He claims that soccer helped him prepare for football because it helped him develop his footwork, since being able to move your feet while still being in a comfortable position is key. McCray also believes that wrestling helped him prepare for football because it taught him to be mentally tough and disciplined, as well as helping him with the proper positioning in football for an offensive lineman. McCray also claims that wrestling is the hardest sport he has ever played.

McCray (63), alongside his twin brother Justin, during 2013 Senior Night at the University of Central Florida.

When McCray got to high school, he started playing football and knew he would be an offensive lineman right from the beginning because his father was the offensive line coach at his high school. McCray believes that playing football in high school helped prepare him for college football because they played a lot of tough competition. As McCray began to develop his love for the game, he noted his infatuation with NFL greats Larry Allen and Will Shields.

McCray wound up getting recruited to play football in college by the University of Central Florida, University of South Florida, and Florida Atlantic University. However, the decision was easy for McCray as he had an older brother, Cliff McCray, who had two years of eligibility remaining at UCF, and his identical twin brother, Justin McCray, also committed to UCF. Jordan McCray believes that having brothers to play football with on the same team made the team better overall due to the chemistry they had together. McCray went on to become an All-American Athletic Conference First-Team during his senior season. McCray also reflected on playing in the Fiesta Bowl and blocking for the eventual 3rd overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, Blake Bortles, by calling it the most fun he had playing football. McCray continues to stay in touch with his teammates from UCF through group chats.

McCray was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Green Bay Packers as his twin, Justin, was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Tennessee Titans when they were both 21 years old. This was the first time the two were separated in their lives. However, while they do not see each other as often anymore in person, they continue to stay in close touch through text and FaceTime. Justin McCray played for the Atlanta Falcons this past season while his older brother Cliff stopped playing football after UCF and is now a pastor in Boca Raton, Florida.

McCray works out five days a week in either Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Atlanta, or Orlando, Florida. McCray always works out with a trainer and focuses on offensive line drills to work specifically on his core by maintaining muscle rather than gaining more muscle. He also works on his flexibility as he believes that makes him a better player. McCray puts a lot of effort and focus into his workouts and keeps his phone by his side, just in case another NFL opportunity comes calling.

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