Josh Gordon

Josh Gordon

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Gordon in 2014
No. 12Cleveland Browns
Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1991-04-13) April 13, 1991
Place of birth: Houston, Texas
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school: Houston (TX) Lamar
College: Baylor
Supplemental draft: 2012 / Round: 2
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2015
Receptions: 161
Receiving yards: 2,754
Receiving average: 17.1
Touchdowns: 14
Player stats at

Joshua Caleb Gordon[1] (born April 13, 1991) is an American football wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Baylor, and was drafted by the Browns in the second round of the 2012 NFL Supplemental Draft.

Early years

Gordon attended Lamar High School in Houston, Texas, where he played football, basketball and ran track. He played basketball as a sophomore. In football, he caught 20 passes for 363 yards and four touchdowns as a junior. As a senior, he was named first-team All-District 20-5A after totaling 25 receptions for 531 yards (21.2 average) and nine touchdowns.[2]

He also competed in track & field as a senior, where he ran a leg on the Lamar 4 × 100m and 4 × 200m relay squads, helping them capture the state title in both events with times of 42.69 seconds and 1:30.43 minutes, respectively.[3]

Gordon is of Haitian descent.[4]

During the college recruitment period Gordon was targeted by Baylor, Houston, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Texas Tech. According to Gordon was ranked as a 3-star wide receiver while rated him as a 2-star at the position.[5][6]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Josh Gordon
Wide receiver
Houston, Texas Lamar 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 4.40 Jan 26, 2009 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 75
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 224 (WR)   Rivals: 70 (WR)  ESPN: 128 (WR)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


College career

Gordon accepted an athletic scholarship to play football for Baylor University. However, in October 2010, during his sophomore year, he and teammate Willie Jefferson were found asleep in a local Taco Bell drive-through lane. Police found marijuana in Jefferson's car. Jefferson, who was driving, was kicked off the team due to it being his second violation, but Gordon was only suspended.[7][8]

In July 2011, Gordon was suspended indefinitely by head coach Art Briles, for later failing a drug test and testing positive for marijuana.[7][8]

In August 2011, Gordon transferred to Utah, where he sat out the 2011 season declaring too late for the 2011 Supplemental Draft.[7][8]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Ht WtArm lengthHand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 3 in 224 lb32⅓ in10 in 4.52 s 1.57 s 2.64 s 35½ in 10 ft 2 in 13 reps

2012 season

Gordon was taken in the second round of the 2012 Supplementary Draft by the Cleveland Browns.[9][10] On July 16, 2012, Gordon signed a four-year, $5.3 million deal with the Browns.[11]

Gordon finished among the top rookie receivers in the 2012 draft class. He finished with 50 catches, for 805 yards, and 5 touchdowns. Gordon scored his first career touchdown against the New York Giants, where he finished the game with 2 catches for 82 yards and 2 touchdowns. Gordon had his first 100-yard game against the Oakland Raiders in Week 13, where he finished with 6 catches for 116 yards and 1 touchdown. Gordon had a career high of 8 catches against the Kansas City Chiefs in week 14.

2013 season

On June 7, 2013, the NFL announced that Gordon would be suspended for the first two games of the 2013 season due to violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy.[12] During Week 12, Gordon had 237 receiving yards and in Week 13, 261 yards. It marked the first time in NFL history a wide receiver had back-to-back 200-yard receiving games.[13] On December 26, 2013, He was named the Cleveland Chapter PFWA Player of the Year following the season.[14]

On December 27, 2013, Gordon was voted to his first Pro Bowl selection. Gordon finished the 2013 season as the NFL's leader in receiving yards, with 1,646 yards and was named First-Team All-Pro alongside Calvin Johnson of the Detroit Lions.[15]

2014 season

On July 5, 2014, Gordon was arrested for driving while impaired in Raleigh, North Carolina.[16] Due to Gordon's suspensions, he only played 5 games and caught 24 passes for 303 yards.

On August 27, 2014, Gordon acknowledged that the NFL suspended him for one year for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.[17] On September 19, 2014, his suspension was reduced to 10 games amidst the new NFL drug policy. Gordon was officially reinstated on November 17.[18]

On December 27, 2014, exactly one year removed from being selected into the Pro Bowl, the Browns suspended Gordon from the final game of the 2014 season due to a violation of team rules.[19]

2015 season

Gordon was suspended for the entire 2015 season due to violating the league's substance abuse policy.[20]

In January 2015, Gordon faced another year-long suspension due to testing positive for alcohol use.[21] Gordon entered the NFL's substance abuse program after pleading guilty to a driving while impaired charge in September 2014 and was prohibited from consuming alcohol during his time in the program.[22] Gordon was officially suspended for one year on February 3, 2015 and wasn't eligible to return until the start of the 2016 season.[23]

2016 season

On January 20, 2016, Gordon applied to the league for reinstatement.[24] His request was denied in March when it was reported that he'd failed another drug test.[25]

On July 25, 2016, Gordon was reinstated by the NFL. He was allowed to participate in training camp but was suspended for the first 4 games of the regular season.[26]

On September 29, 2016, Gordon left the Browns to enter an in-patient rehabilitation facility. He was one week away from reinstatement to the NFL, serving his previous sentence of four regular season games. In a press statement, Gordon wrote, "After careful thought and deep consideration I've decided that I need to step away from pursuing my return to the Browns and my football career to enter an in-patient rehabilitation facility. This is the right decision for me and one that I hope will enable me to gain full control of my life and continue on a path to reach my full potential as a person. I appreciate the support of the NFL, NFLPA, the Browns, my teammates, my agent and the community through this extremely challenging process."[27]



Year Team G Rec Yards Avg Lng TD
2009 Baylor 9 1 7 7.0 7 0
2010 Baylor 13 42 714 17.0 94 7
2011 Utah DNP
Career 22 43 721 16.8 94 7


Year Team G GS Rec Yards Avg Lng TD
2012 CLE 16 13 50 805 16.1 71 5
2013* CLE 14 14 87 1,646 18.9 95 9
2014* CLE 5 5 24 303 12.6 32 0
2015 CLE DNP – Suspension
Career 35 32 161 2,754 17.1 95 14

*Indicates spent a portion of the season suspended

Awards and achievements

NFL records

Browns franchise records


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  4. Josh Gordon on Instagram: L'union Fait La Force #Ayiti #BeFree
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  6. "Josh Gordon". Retrieved 13 July 2012.
  7. 1 2 3 McClain, John (July 12, 2012). "Former Baylor WR Josh Gordon hopes to leave his past behind him". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved July 13, 2012.
  8. 1 2 3 "Receiver-starved Browns gamble on Josh Gordon in Supplemental Draft". Sports Illustrated. July 12, 2012. Retrieved July 13, 2012.
  9. Davis, Nate (July 12, 2012). "Browns select ex-Baylor WR Josh Gordon in supplemental draft". USA Today. Retrieved July 13, 2012.
  10. Schefter, Adam (July 12, 2012). "Browns take Josh Gordon in Round 2". ESPN. Retrieved July 13, 2012.
  12. Kay, Joe (June 7, 2013). "Browns WR Josh Gordon suspended for 2 games". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved June 7, 2013.
  13. Josh Gordon's consecutive 200-yard games set record
  14. "Gordon, Thomas honored by PFWA". Retrieved December 26, 2013.
  16. Jones, Lindsay (July 5, 2014). "Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon arrested for DWI". USA Today. Retrieved July 7, 2014.
  17. "Josh Gordon suspended 1 year". ESPN. August 26, 2014. Retrieved August 26, 2014.
  18. "Browns' Josh Gordon reinstated from suspension". November 17, 2014. Retrieved November 17, 2014.
  19. "Josh Gordon suspended by Cleveland Browns". December 27, 2014. Retrieved December 27, 2014.
  20. Wesseling, Chris (February 3, 2015). "Browns' Josh Gordon suspended at least 1 year by NFL". Retrieved March 25, 2016.
  21. "Josh Gordon facing 1-year ban". January 25, 2015. Retrieved January 25, 2015.
  22. "Josh Gordon fails another substance abuse test, faces 1-year suspension, per report". SB Nation. January 25, 2015. Retrieved January 25, 2015.
  23. "NFL suspends WR Josh Gordon". ESPN. 2015-02-03. Retrieved 2015-02-03.
  25. "Sources: Josh Gordon fails another NFL-administered drug test". Fox Sports. 2016-11-15. Retrieved 2016-07-19.
  26. "NFL reinstates Josh Gordon from suspension on conditional basis".
  27. "Browns wideout Josh Gordon entering rehab facility".
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