(7) Cameron Jordan
"Jordan is an athletic marvel, with incredible arms he can whip around offensive linemen. He's prototypically perfect, the type of defensive linemen you could put on any front and he'd probably succeed. Perhaps Jordan's greatest assets are his arms, those million dollar arms. If he manages to make contact with you on your side when pass-rushing, he will utilize that deadly swim move, cycle that arm around, and get into the backfield and make a play. You have to defeat him and lock him up early. And when he finds you and tries to make a tackle? Might as well get your mind set for the next play, because you're not escaping."
NorCalNick: I loved many things about Cameron Jordan. For one thing, he went to more Cal games than I did. Cal vs. Stanford rugby at Witter field? Cam was there. Cal women's basketball versus, well, a bunch of teams? Cam was there. And he always showed up pretty noticeably at football games too. College fans have this ideal that the players they root for love their university as much as they do, and it's not a realistic or fair ideal most of the time. I'm pretty sure that it describes Cameron Jordan.
Solarise: I think Cam was an ideal teammate. You can tell from his easy smile that he just enjoys playing football. Coaches asked Cam to bring more intensity his senior year and he delivered. Cam was dynamic crashing through the line pursuing QBs, even earning a LIFE photo for his heroic harassment of Nick Foles in a bitter loss.
(10) Tom Shields
Ruey tells us about Mr. Shields:
With 11 individual and relay national titles that were instrumental to Cal Men’s Swimming winning the back-to-back team national titles in 2011 and 2012, Tom Shields is one of the most decorated swimmer to come through the storied Cal Aquatic programs.
Here is the impressive list of his national titles earned in his Cal career. For the medley relays, Shield swam the butterfly leg of those races.
- Tom Shields, men's swimming - 100-yard backstroke, 44.91
- Men's swimming - 400-yard freestyle relay (2:48.78 - Graeme Moore, Josh Daniels, Tom Shields, Nathan Adrian)
- Men's swimming - 400-yard medley relay (3:02.83 - Guy Barnea, Damir Dugonjic, Tom Shields, Nathan Adrian)
- Tom Shields, men's swimming - 100-yard backstroke, 45.02
- Men's Swimming - 400-yard freestyle relay (2:47.39 - Graeme Moore, Josh Daniels, Tom Shields, Nathan Adrian)
- Men's Swimming - 400-yard medley relay (3:02.28 - Guy Barnea, Damir Dugonjic, Tom Shields, Nathan Adrian)
- Tom Shields, men's swimming - 100-yard backstroke, 44.86
- Tom Shields, men's swimming - 100-yard butterfly, 44.76
- Men's Swimming - 400-yard medley relay (3:03.24)
- Tom Shields, men's swimming - 100-yard butterfly, 44.59
- Tom Shields, men's swimming - 200-yard butterfly, 1:39.65
A multi-event threat in Free, Back, and Fly, Cal could also count on Tom Shields to accumulate plenty of team points comes the NCAA. It is important to note that in addition to the wins listed above, Shield came a close 2nd or 3rd (sometimes to his teammates) on numerous races at the NCAA’s.
Tom was named the 2012 Swimmer of the Meet at the NCAA Championships, being the MVP that led the Golden Bears to a repeat team title.
Even though the Bears were not able to three-peat in Shields’ senior year, he got the American record in 200 Fly (tying some guy by the name of Michael Phelps...I think he’s a famous for all those Subway commercials) and add yet another NCAA title in 100 Fly to his collection.
Now that his swimming eligibilities are gone, Shields is still training at Cal and winning a variety of races and breaking records. He is still looking to earn the precious title of being a "Calympians", hopefully for the Rio 2016 games.