Twinning and winning: Riders reunite Canadian LBs Justin and Jordan Herdman-Reed

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The Saskatchewan Roughriders will have both of the Herdman-Reed brothers in their linebacking corps next year, extending Justin and signing Jordan in free agency.

Justin has played 38 games over four seasons as a Roughrider, excelling on special teams where he has notched 25 tackles over three seasons while adding 10 defensive tackles. 

The six-foot, 223-pound linebacker was selected by the Toronto Argonauts in the seventh round of the 2017 CFL Draft. The 27-year-old played in 40 games with the Argos, registering 43 defensive tackles, 26 special teams tackles, two sacks and two forced fumbles. He signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 2020. 

Collegiately, the Winnipeg native attended Simon Fraser University, playing in 40 games over four seasons. He made 220 tackles, 33 tackles for a loss, six quarterback sacks, two interceptions, five forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries – one of which he returned for a touchdown. 

Jordan returns to Saskatchewan after spending the 2023 season with the Calgary Stampeders. He suited up for 16 games with the Stamps, primarily on special teams where he earned 10 tackles.  

Prior to joining the Stampeders, the six-foot, 229-pound defender spent two seasons with the Riders. He played in 17 games and made six special teams tackles. He was selected in the sixth round by the B.C. Lions in the 2017 CFL Draft and played three seasons with the Lions. Over his professional career, he has logged 96 defensive tackles, 60 special teams tackles, three sacks and one forced fumble over 85 games played.  

The Winnipeg native had a terrific collegiate career at Simon Fraser University, where he was named GNAC Defensive Player of the Year in both 2014 and 2015. As a senior, Jordan was AFCA Division II All-America Second Team and nominated for the Cliff Harris Award as the best defensive player in NCAA Division II Football. He left Simon Fraser with several conference records including all-time marks in tackles (428) and assisted tackles (223).