Patriots’ Josh Gordon Issues Statement About Conquering His Substance Abuse Before NFL Reinstatement

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Sunday night, Josh Gordon will play his first football game since December after many thought his luck had run up.

Bill Belichick says Gordon has “worked hard” and has “created an opportunity for himself” after the 28-year-old spent the entire summer training and rehabbing down in Florida with Olympic gold medalist Tim Montgomery during his indefinite suspension by the NFL.

With Sunday Night Football against the Steelers just a couple short days away, Gordon posted a message about his substance abuse battles on Twitter:

Before the 2019 season starts, I would like to address an issue that arose toward the end of last season. It’s been well documented that I have battled substance abuse for quite some time. Unfortunately, I did not take the time to focus on a solution to my problem until this past year. I am eternally grateful for the constant support from the NFL, NFLPA, and the Patriots organization. I also want to thank my family, friends, and the fans who supported me while I addressed this issue. Going forward, I will not be discussing the details of my past. I plan to focus on the present and getting better every day. I hope people will judge me on what I do now and in the future. I look forward to being a member of the Patriots once again this season and doing my part by contributing on and off the field.

Gordon has the support of all his teammates, who have continued to rave about his work ethic and character.

Said Julian Edelman Friday on The Greg Hill Show:

“I think it means a lot. He’s a very talented player. He’s a great dude. He can bring the heat. This is a guy who is a stud. He’s doing well here right now, I feel. He’s working hard. He’s great in the locker room. He’s a good dude and we’re definitely excited to have him. I am excited to have him. He can help us, for sure.”

Gordon hauled in 68 receptions for 720 yards and three touchdowns in just 11 games with New England last year.

Think he’s ready for this season? Ask his 29 pack.

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Matt’s love of writing was born during a sixth grade assembly when it was announced that his essay titled “Why Drugs Are Bad” had taken first prize in D.A.R.E.’s grade-wide contest. The anti-drug people gave him a $50 savings bond for his brave contribution to crime-fighting, and upon the bond’s maturity 10 years later, he used it to buy his very first bag of marijuana.