When Bill Jordan visited the University of Mississippi as a blue chip wide-receiver recruit in 1968, Archie Manning's fiery arm and notable completion rate impressed him. But the avid outdoorsman wasn't sold on the school until he ventured to Sardis Reservoir, a premier hunting and fishing spot located just outside of Oxford.
After lettering for the Rebels and graduating in 1973, Jordan returned home to Columbus, Ga., where his love for the outdoors continued. He is now the creator and owner of Realtree, a leading company in camouflage manufacturing. He also serves as host on the company's TV series, Realtree Outdoors.
His success in the outdoor industry has allowed him to give back to Ole Miss, the school he says influenced his life in a big way. His recent generous donation to the Vaught Society marked the second contribution Jordan and his family have made to the university.
"The contributions only help me give back to a school that gave me a lot," said Jordan. "All the intangibles of Ole Miss helped mold me into who I am."
Jordan's relationship with Ole Miss became a little sweeter this year as his son Tyler enrolled as a student. Jordan said Tyler grew up going to Ole Miss games and having him in Oxford makes the school an extra special place for their family.
Jordan said he thinks the Rebels will continue to see more athletic successes and hopes his contributions will assist the athletic program in its upward campaign.
"It's an exciting time for Ole Miss. Rome wasn't built in a day and our athletic program is no different – it's going to be a growing process," said Jordan. "I'm just happy my family and I can be a part of it in some small way."
Mary Ashton Nall