Jordan’s journey from Condell Park High to Super Bowl
Former Condell Park High School student Jordan Mailata will become just the third Australian to feature in the Super Bowl. Luke Horton reports.
10 February 2023
Condell Park High students and staff will be decked out in midnight green, silver and white on Monday as former student Jordan Mailata prepares for the biggest game of his life.
Jordan and his Philadelphia Eagles teammates will play the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LVII.
The 25-year-old becomes just the third Australian to appear in a Super Bowl and could become only the second person from this country to win one.
Condell Park High School Principal Susie Mobayed said the school was getting right behind Jordan and the Eagles in their pursuit of the Super Bowl crown.
“We’re just so proud of him,” she said.
Ms Mobayed said Jordan was a natural leader, with great focus and drive.
“Jordan was such a role model when he was at school – someone kids would look up to and flock to,” she said.
“He had no hang-ups and oozed calmness. He was gentle, calm, courageous and very confident.”
Condell Park High School Head Teacher PE Kieren Frappell said the former South Sydney rugby league player was a rare sporting talent.
“He always had an X-factor. We always knew he would do something great,” he said.
“I can remember when he was playing league at school, he’d run 60 metres with four kids hanging off him.
“He was intimidating, but also had the drive. He wanted to be better.
“He still holds the rowing machine record at our gym. No one, not even the teachers, has been able to get within 10 seconds of it.”
Mr Frappell said he was also a talented track and field athlete, and excelled in the throwing events.
“In year 10, he made it all the way to state athletics for shot put and ended up finishing second,” he said.
“From there, he was invited on an athletics tour of Canada and the US. He came back a changed kid. His eyes were opened, and he had that focus.”
At 203cm tall and weighing 166kg, Jordan is imposing on the football field.
But he was equally well known and loved for his musical abilities at school.
Music teacher Sandra Kessegian said Jordan was a gifted musician and performer who loved the limelight.
“At school, he had lovely tenor vocals and a good falsetto range. He also played the guitar,” she said.
“He’d often perform with his brothers. They had that natural harmonisation.
“He wasn’t afraid to share his musical talents with the other kids either, and they loved it.”
Super Bowl LVII kicks off at 10.30am Australian Eastern Standard Time and will be broadcast live on free to air TV in Australia on Channel 7 and 7 Mate.
It was a case of so near, yet so far for Jordan Mailata and his Philadelphia Eagles teammates, beaten in heartbreaking fashion by the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LVII.
With the scores locked at 35-all and less than 10 seconds to play, Kansas City Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker stepped up to slot a 27-yard field goal for his team to win the title.
Mailata played the game of his life for the Eagles, helping his quaterback Jalen Hurts set a new record of three rushing touchdowns for a quarterback in the Super Bowl.
Final score Kansas City Chiefs 38 defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 35.