After Three Years Josh Gordon Will Make a Comeback
After missing the last three years from suspensions due to repeated substance abuse violations, Josh Gordon of the Cleveland Browns was reinstated to the NFL. He’ll be eligible to play November 20th, which will be his first game since 2014.
The 2014 season was a different story for Josh Gordon. Gordon only played 5 games due to arrests and suspensions. That was also the last time he saw the football field.
The Early Years of Josh Gordon
Gordon played his high school football at Lamar High School in Houston, Texas. He also played basketball and track. He was on the Lamar track team where he was part of the 4×100 and 4×200 state title relay team.
As far as recruits go, Gordon was only considered a 3-star by Rivals.com and a 2-star by Scout.com. Colleges that were interested were Baylor, Houston, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Texas Tech. He would eventually accept a scholarship to play football at the University of Baylor.
Where it Went Wrong for Josh Gordon & Substance Abuse
There are certain perks to being an elite athlete who helps their team win. Especially in the college and professional sport world. Lets face it, the best players get the best treatment. With great talent, often comes some preferential treatment.
In recent interviews with Uninterrupted and GQ, Gordon admits that he was a heavy user of drugs and alcohol throughout his whole athletic career. Starting back in high school all the way up until his games in the NFL.
Part of the reason for this, he explains was that he was enabled by coaches, teachers and administrators. His drug abuse was not looked at as a personal problem, but a problem for the team. How can we get him out there? We need our best player! This guy wins us games!
I’ve been enabled most of my life honestly. I’ve been enabled by coaches, teachers, professors….Everybody pretty much gave me a second chance just because of my ability.
It is always a sad and unfortunate story when you hear about professional athletes ruining their career because of substance abuse. It’s one thing to just be a professional athlete, it is another to be an elite professional athlete. That’s what Josh Gordon was.
His whole football career has been plagued by substance abuse. From his first suspension at Baylor to getting suspended from the NFL.
It’s easy to recognize Gordon as a football player. That’s what he does, but it is not who he is. Just like everyone else, Gordon is human. It’s too easy to think about the touchdowns he can catch, but not the struggles he may be facing.
Can Josh Gordon Make A Comeback?
It’s been 4 years since we’ve seen Josh Gordon on the football field. It’s also been four years since Josh Gordon has been on the football field. After spending all that time suspended, in and out of rehab can Gordon make good on this opportunity?
It’s very rarely athletes get 2nd or 3rd chances to make a comeback, let alone a 4th or 5th. Only 26, Gordon has the chance to revive himself. Not to just revive his NFL career, but to revive himself as a person.
Perhaps he never leads the league in receiving again. Maybe he is not even a starter on any team. Josh Gordon can go from a life of substance abuse and multiple suspensions to being able to compete and play in the NFL, then that’s one hell of a comeback.
Check out the quick documentary on Josh Gordon and his recovery by Uninterrupted.com below:
The Future of Josh Gordon
Four years is a long time to be away from anything especially a professional sport. Still, there is hope that Gordon can defy the odds and not only make a comeback to football but a comeback to life.
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Flash Gordon’s story sometimes reminds me of DonnaMarie’s take on the Inky Johnson story and the struggle no matter what the situation is.