The saga of Josh Gordon might have finally come to a very sad end. Gordon might be remembered as one of the biggest wastes of athletic talent in the history of pro sports. He had a truly amazing season for the Browns in 2013. It seemed like the sky was the limit for the talented receiver. There was nothing he could not do on a football field. However, Gordon’s demons got the best of him. He started to use drugs again. He had issues with substance earlier in his life. It looked like he had gotten that part of his life under control. However, he failed a drug test and that caused his entire NFL career to crash and burn.
Josh Gordon has not played a game in the NFL since 2014. A football player’s career is not very long to begin with. Now Gordon has missed more than two seasons worth of games in the prime of his career. To make matters worse, it does not appear that he is any closer to being reinstated than he was a year ago at this time. Gordon filed the necessary paperwork in March in an attempt to have his suspension lifted so he could begin playing again. However, the NFL rejected Gordon’s petition for reinstatement two months later. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was recently asked about the current status of Gordon’s petition for reinstatement. He said that nothing has reached his desk as of yet. It is unclear if Gordon attempted to file for reinstatement again after having his petition denied in May.
Gordon might very well be one of the best receivers in the NFL right now and making millions of dollars each year if he had only been able to stay clean. His life story seems destined to become a cautionary tale for future pro athletes. Young people need to realize that a career in pro sports is not a right. It is a privilege. You need to get your life in order. Otherwise, the career you though you had will be gone in the blink of an eye.
It is unknown where Gordon will go from here. He has not made any public statements about his plans for the future. He was working as a car salesman since he last played in the NFL. However, that job does not pay nearly as well as being an NFL player. Therefore, logic would dictate that Gordon will keep trying to get reinstated until the NFL tells him that he will no longer be able to play for them.
It makes sense for Gordon to keep trying. He has already proven that he can be a dynamic play maker who has the ability to change a game with his speed. It is true that his substance abuse and years away from the game make him a bit of an unknown quantity. However, it is safe to say that there will be plenty of teams interested in him if he is eventually reinstated.
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