“Write down the name of Jordan Roberts.”
While nobody in Boone County or the adjacent area will need to be told to remember Roberts, the former Scott High School football sensation, those are the words of Ottawa Sun sports writer Tim Baines in a recent edition.
To say Baines is impressed with the ex-Skyhawk running back/all-around star would be an understatement.
“Roberts, the fifth player signed to the Ottawa RedBlacks roster, back in early December, has serious game,” Baines wrote on April 9. So serious, in fact, that local fans will recall he was named the Kennedy Award winner as a senior, signifying him as the best high school football player in the state.
Truthfully, Roberts was all of that and more and he is carrying on his tradition in the Canadian Football League. Baines notes that the Sod resident was a two-time all-american at the University of Charleston, where he set records. At Scott, Roberts rewrote the record books, both for SHS and the state.
Baines, of course, also recognizes something every sports writer who ever covered Roberts has observed: his tremendous work ethic and tenacity. No matter the time of day or night, throughout his high school and college career, if there was a practice, a scrimmage or any time set aside where he could improve his talents and conditioning, Roberts would be there working hard.
I had the distinct honor of covering Roberts as a midget league player at Duval and watched him develop at Scott and UC. There is no harder worker anywhere than Jordan Roberts.
Roberts’ Twitter account has 16,000 followers, Baines reported. Beside the fact that I wouldn’t know a Twitter from a Hitter, that’s impressive even to me. The Ottawa writer says there are videos of the player working out on YouTube that are amazing to watch. No doubt. Baines calls him “a workout warrior.” At 5-10, 222 pounds, Roberts idolized National Football League greats Fred Taylor and Marshall Faulk. For that reason, he wears their number, 28.
“I don’t want to compare myself to them,” he told the writer during RedBlack mini-camp in Virginia. “They were great running backs. Like them, I want to be a versatile player; do everything.” Roberts was cut by the Kansas City Chiefs last August and signed on with Ottawa, an expansion CFL team, a few months later.
“You go out there and work hard every day,” he told Baines. “Put it in God’s hands and He’ll take care of you. I’m just focused on the Ottawa RedBlacks right now and making the most of my opportunity and helping the team be successful.”
Roberts, himself, will always be a success because of his devotion to hard work and fair play. He and his family are quality members of the local community and he is blessed to have such support from the home base.
As noted, I am thrilled to have covered Roberts’ career and consider him the hardest-working talent I have seen in high school ball.
Do not doubt that I, and many others locally, will be cheering him on in the CFL.