Former Steelers safety Jordan Dangerfield joins American Heritage coaching staff
Former Steelers safety Jordan Dangerfield has joined the staff of American Heritage in Delray Beach, Fla. as a defensive backs coach, the school announced on Twitter. Dangerfield played four seasons with the Steelers, starting three games and playing 61 total games in his career, all with Pittsburgh.
Dangerfield was undrafted by Towson in the 2013 NFL Draft and was signed by the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted free agent. After being released by Buffalo, he signed a term contract with the Steelers in 2014. He wouldn’t play in a game until 2016, but he became a member of the core special team and served as the teams captain. Pittsburgh specials in 2020. He ends his NFL career with 46 total tackles and one forced fumble.
Dangerfield will work with the American Heritage Delray Beach team at their Palm Beach County campus. The American Heritage team in Plantation, Florida at their Broward County campus is a true football powerhouse and has produced many pros including Bills wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie, Panthers defensive end Brian Burns, Browns wide receiver Anthony Schwartz, Broncos cornerback Patrick Surtain II and Dolphins running back Sony Michel, while American Heritage in Delray Beach sent running back Devin Singletary to the NFL.
Dangerfield is the best example of a player who carved his way to a strong career in the NFL. He started his college career at Hofstra, but after closing their football program, he transferred to Towson, an FCS school. Undrafted, Dangerfield cut his teeth and went through several offseasons and training camps before finally finding himself on the 53-man roster three years after his draft year. He has been a consistent contributor on special teams, and that experience will surely help him as he embarks on a coaching career.
Dangerfield is one of a long line of former NFL players to coach at an American heritage school. Former cornerback Patrick Surtain, receiver Oronde Gadsen (who spent time with Pittsburgh), linebacker Anthony Harris and safety Darryl Porter are among the former NFL players who coached at American Heritage at Plantation. Delray Beach’s staff is led by Brian VanGorder, a former defensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons and numerous college teams, including Georgia and Auburn. They have won three state championships since 2007.
Dangerfield’s experiences in the NFL and in Pittsburgh should make him a good coach, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see him rise through the ranks over the next few years. At 31, Dangerfield will have plenty of time to rise through the coaching ranks and it looks like American Heritage is a great starting point for him.