How many second chances does Josh Gordon deserve?


How many times should the NFL forgive Josh Gordon? He hopes he can do it in biblical proportions.

The struggling former All-Pro wide receiver recently asked the NFL to reinstate him after his sixth suspension, including five for some form of drug abuse violation. He was last suspended for violating league drug addiction policy on Jan.15, 2021, 43 days after his fifth suspension was lifted as the Seattle Seahawks prepared to activate it.

Seattle released Gordon two months later and he ended up playing for something called the Fan Controlled Football League Zappers, whatever it was supposed to be. There, he says, he began to be “mentored” by Johnny Manziel, who has his own murky past with the Browns and hasn’t played in the NFL for five years after battling in Cleveland after just two seasons. . Not sure if this is the best spiritual advisor for someone trying to argue the seventh time, that’s the charm.

According to published reports, the league has randomly tested Gordon for three months and he has so far been found to be unharmed. That’s good news for Gordon, but does that mean he deserves another chance after beating three teams since being first drafted by the Cleveland Browns in 2012?

It depends on NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, but if the Bible is his guide, Gordon might get lucky. In the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 18, verses 21-22, Saint Peter asks Jesus how often to forgive a friend. Peter suggests seven times, which would put Gordon on the borderline of the Bible, but Jesus suggests mercy by saying, “… up to 70 times seven times.” If applied to Gordon, 30, that would seem like enough forgiveness to get him through all that is left of a once brilliant career, but should another team try their luck against someone who hasn’t played more than six games only once since 2013?

If the past is a prologue to the future, what will matter most to an NFL team is not these six suspensions but rather this 2013 season. Gordon played 14 games that year, his second in the NFL, and was unstoppable. He caught 87 passes for 1,646 yards, averaging 18.9 yards per catch and 117.6 yards per game. Gordon was named an All-Pro, but his next six years became a checkerboard of suspensions, resurrections, failures and futility. So what should happen next?

Gordon told ESPN’s Adam Schefter in March that he is a new man and that “there is no surrender in me.” He went on to say that “knowing how to get back on track has been my strong point”.

Maybe, but the problem has been its constant derailments. Gordon says personal and family issues were at the root of his problems and that he “strives to improve and be as close to perfect as possible so that he can play.”

In fact, Josh Gordon doesn’t have to be perfect to be able to play. He just needs to be drug free. There is a lot of evidence that for some reason he can’t seem to do it for long when he’s under the pressure of NFL life, but we all need a second chance in life and some do. ‘between us need a seventh chance, which even Saint Peter was reluctantly willing. give to someone. So what will the NFL do?

Someone will put the movie on and see what Gordon did during a brilliant season in Cleveland and for 11 games in New England in 2018, when he averaged 18 yards per take before personal issues overwhelmed him again. . Once the film is over, they will become Bible scholars. They will choose forgiveness for the seventh time and why not?

What does a team in need of an explosive gap have to lose by signing Josh Gordon aside from a few dollars and a few nights of sleep? And who likes a redemption song more than the NFL, even if it’s the seventh version?

The answer to both questions is obvious, which is why Gordon will be on someone’s list this summer. For how long? Probably not 70 times seven times but you never know.


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