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- Josh Gordon is back in the end zone.
- After more than 800 days and a difficult struggle, NFL fans were glad to see him success.
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It has been a long journey for Josh Gordon, but he found the end zone once again on Sunday. The Kansas City wide receiver split out to the near sideline, went into motion, caught a screen, and punched it in from one-yard out.
— NFL (@NFL) December 12, 2021
The 30-year-old, who was drafted in the second round of the supplemental draft in 2012, has been in and out of the NFL over the last nine years.
It has been a difficult road, but his resilience is admirable.
Gordon was first suspended for two games in 2013 for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. He was suspended for 10 games in 2014 and the entire year in 2015 for the same reason.
After being reinstated in 2016, Gordon again left the league to enter a rehabilitation facility and did not return to the NFL until 2017. The former Baylor receiver was cut by the Browns in 2018 because he was struggling to stay sober and the team believed that it did everything it could do to keep him on the right path.
And then, after a short time with the Patriots, Gordon announced he was stepping away from football to focus on his mental health.
Gordon was conditionally reinstated in 2019 but suffered an injury later in the season and then was suspended indefinitely after his violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy. He did not play in the NFL from December 16, 2019 until he was reinstated from suspension in September 2021.
Meanwhile, Gordon proved his value in the Fan Controlled Football League and the Chiefs decided to give him an opportunity upon reinstatement. He signed to the practice squad on September 28, 2021 and was elevated to the active roster a week later.
Since then, Gordon’s touches have been limited. Even the coaching staff has said that it needs to find more ways to get him involved.
That happened on Sunday as Gordon found pay dirt for the first time since catching a touchdown from Tom Brady on September 8, 2019.
After 826 days and an open and honest struggle with substance abuse, NFL fans and former players were thrilled to see him find success once again.
Happy to see Josh Gordon scoring touchdowns 🙏🏾
— Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) December 12, 2021
Josh Gordon back in an NFL endzone.. Good for him man
— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) December 12, 2021
Josh Gordon scoring a TD warms the heart.
— Brad Evans (@NoisyHuevos) December 12, 2021
It has been a difficult road for Gordon and it’s great to see him thriving.