Jordan McCray, sometimes described as a mauling offensive lineman, signed to play the 2021 season with the Pirates. Although it will be McCray’s first year with the Pirates, he is no stranger to the indoor game. In ‘16 McCray was a member of the AFL’s Orlando Predators, in ‘17 the Cleveland Gladiators, and ‘18 the Baltimore Brigade. McCray was also a member of the XFL’s Tampa Bay Vipers for the 2020 season. Between 2014 and 2019 McCray also had brief stints with several NFL teams, including the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Carolina Panthers, and Chicago Bears. Finally, McCray was a member of the ‘19 AAF Orlando Apollos. He brings tons of pro football experience to the Pirates this season.
In his senior year at the University of Central Florida, as captain, McCray started 13 games at left guard. He was voted All-American Athletic Conference First-Team. He was also a nominee for the “Wuerffel Trophy” for his exemplary performance on and off the football field. The team went 12-1, 8-0 in conference, and qualified to play in the Fiesta Bowl where they beat Baylor by a score of 52-42. At the Knight’s postseason banquet McCray received the team’s “Iron Man” Award and its “UCF Way” Award.
As a junior McCray started in 7 games at right tackle and 7 games at right guard. He was voted All-Conference USA Honorable Mention. The Knights went 10-4 overall, 7-1 in conference and beat Ball State 38-17 in the Beef ‘O Brady’s Bowl. The Knight’s came up short in the conference championship, losing to Tulsa, 33-27, in overtime.
While the Knights ended 2011 with a losing record, 5-7, McCray got his first ever college start and played in 11 games. As a freshman in ‘10 he was named to the C-USA All-Freshman Team and appeared in 6 games.
McCray has two brothers, a twin, Justin, and an older brother, Cliff. They all played football at Central Florida. Their jersey numbers were 63, 64, and 65. In 2010 the three brothers, all offensive lineman, took the field simultaneously against Rice University. McCray graduated from Central Florida in 2014 with a degree in interpersonal/organizational communication.
McCray was a standout wrestler in high school and a member of the National Honor Society. He is entering his age-28 season with the Pirates.