Patriots WR Josh Gordon congratulates teammates after reaching Super Bowl
Josh Gordon may not be with the New England Patriots on the field, but he is still rooting for his teammates from afar.
Following the Patriots’ AFC Championship Game win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night, the wide receiver took to Instagram to congratulate the team on making it to the Super Bowl:
The Patriots acquired Gordon in a trade with the Cleveland Browns back in September.
Gordon played 11 games with New England this season, representing one of Tom Brady’s top targets in the passing game by hauling in 40 receptions for 720 yards and three touchdowns.
However, on Dec. 20, Gordon announced that he would be stepping away from the game of football to focus on his mental health. It was later revealed that Gordon violated the terms of his conditional reinstatement under the NFL’s drug policy and was indefinitely suspended.
The 27-year-old missed two whole seasons due to drug-related suspensions in 2015 and 2016 and was finally reinstated last season, playing in five games with the Browns.
Gordon, who played his collegiate football at Baylor University, was originally selected by Cleveland in the second round of the 2012 NFL Supplemental Draft.
He had an impressive rookie campaign, catching 50 passes for 805 yards and five scores. Then, the following year, Gordon stamped his name among the best wide outs in the NFL, snaring 87 balls for a league-leading 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns en route to a Pro Bowl appearance and a First-Team All-Pro selection.
Since then, however, substance abuse has made it very difficult for Gordon to stay on the field, as he has played just 22 games over the last five seasons.