We had a Packer Hall of Fame in England during the 1990s with Ray Nitschke as our President and following Ray’s death Willie Davis took over the mantle. I tried to contact as many former Packers as possible, especially from the early days, and players from other teams also figured prominently in my letter writing as I asked them about their opponents in Green Bay.
Henry Jordan retired at age 35 in February 1970, after an injury-filled 1969 season. He relocated south to Milwaukee to create and oversee Summerfest. In 1974, Jordan was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame. Seven years later, Henry died at the age of 42 of a heart attack after jogging on February 21, 1977. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1995. He was survived by his wife Olive, and three children: Henry Jr., Theresa, and Suzanne. He was represented in the coin toss ceremony at Super Bowl XXIX by former teammate Ray Nitschke, who was also named to the NFL's 75th Anniversary team. Ray Nitschke was a great admirer of Henry and spoke very, very highly of him.
I spoke to Henry’s widow, Olive, on the phone in Texas and she was delighted to talk about Henry and their days in Green Bay. She said she would be happy to answer my questions on tape as she wasn’t very good at writing letters. The following is a transcription of that tape from Olive in reply to my questions.
I was very privileged to meet a great quarterback in the shape of Roman Gabriel at Clemson University in December 1995 when the Carolina Panthers played the Indianapolis Colts and I asked him to put into words what sort of player Henry Jordan was and his gracious letter is appended.
I also confirmed with Roman Gabriel that Vince Lombardi did indeed try and trade him to the Packers but Roman’s coach at the LA Rams, George Allen, would not agree. In another conversation Ray Nitschke told me that Roman was a really athletic quarterback who was possibly the first to use weights in the gymnasium.