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Chandler athlete who overcame burn accident drafted

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CHANDLER, Ariz. -

Five years ago, Dion Jordan was lying in a hospital bed recovering from severe injuries. The Chandler High School student was siphoning gas from his mother's car to use in a lawnmower when there was an explosion.

He was severely burned and doctors were worried he would never play football again.

But he did -- first with the Oregon Ducks and Thursday, he's expected to be drafted into the NFL.

Dion Jordan played on the field with the Wolves at Chandler and he was phenomenal. But it's what he's overcome off that field that's left a lasting memory with many people.

"One crazy moment during the football season, his senior year, he got blown up in an accident. They were siphoning gas in their garage," says Shaun Aguano, head football coach at Chandler High.

Jordan was burned on 40 percent of his body.

"We didn't think he was going to recover, but he did and Oregon took him, and he's here at first round draft pick," says Aguano.

Jordan recovered and made even more progress on the field. He was a standout defensive end for the Oregon Ducks and now is waiting to see who will draft him.

"I woke up today at 4:30 with a little more jump in my step because it is an exciting day. He's still our baby and excited for the Chandler program and his family. He is the strongest mind that I've coached and he's going to do well in the NFL."

Coach Aguano is very proud of his athletes. There are also four other Chandler High school alums in this year's NFL draft.

Update: Thursday night, Jordan was drafted by the Miami Dolphins with the number 3 overall pick.

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