Josh Gordon, popularly known as ‘Flash’, is a talented American football star who currently plays the role of a wide receiver for the New England Patriots of the NFL. The star made his first professional appearance in 2012, after being selected by the Cleveland Browns in the NFL supplementary draft of that year.
He quickly made a jaw-dropping performance which made him one of the emerging wide receivers in the league. However, after his first two professional seasons, Josh’s career started taking a different direction as he started battling drug abuse; thus being suspended for two regular seasons. Read on as we take you through his bio, career, net worth, as well as his suspensions and reinstatement.
Josh Gordon Bio
Joshua Caleb Gordon was born in Houston City of Texas in the United States on the 13th day of April 1991. He was born to Haitian parents Elaine and her husband Herald Gordon. He spent his childhood days in Houston along with his parents and two siblings. Growing up, Josh completed his high school education at Lamar High School, Houston. There, he was a three-sport athlete; he featured in track as well as basketball and football. He developed a passion for football which has led him to compete among top stars in the National Football League today.
During his high school career, Josh made four touchdowns and caught 20 passes for 363 yards in his junior year. In his senior year, he scored nine touchdowns while making 25 receptions for 531 receiving yards. At the end of his high school career, he was named to the All-District First Team for his unparalleled performances. He also got a three-star rating from sporting websites including Rivals.com and Scout.com.
The wide receiver got an athletic scholarship from Baylor University and he went on to complete his college career with the school team. In the 2009 season, Josh played only nine games for the team and he made only one reception for 7 yards. The following year, the wide receiver scored seven touchdowns while making 42 receptions for 714 receiving yards. While the season was ongoing, Josh and his teammate were found sleeping in a car. After an investigation, it was discovered that the pair were high on drugs. Marijuana was also found in Willie Jefferson’s car which led to him being kicked out of the team. Josh, on the other hand, was suspended indefinitely. In 2011, he transferred to the University of Utah where he sat out for the 2011 season before declaring for the 2012 NFL draft.
Professional Career Stats
During the NFL draft of 2012, Josh was selected in second round of the draft by the Cleveland Browns. Soon after he joined the team, he penned a four-year rookie deal worth $5.3 million in July 2012. He made his first professional appearance during the 2012/13 season where he made giant strides, despite being a rookie. The wide receiver made a total of five touchdowns while making 50 receptions for 805 receiving yards.
The following season, the player was picked for his first Pro Bowl competition and All-Pro team after putting up an outstanding performance in the season. Josh made history by becoming the first NFL wide receiver to record over 200 receiving yards in a season. At the end of the 2013 season, he earned the PFWA Player of the Year Award for his top-notch performance.
Suspension and Reinstatement
In 2014, Josh Gordon’s career started falling apart as the player was suspended many times for violating the league’s drug use policy. At first, he was arrested for driving under the influence and was sentenced to serve a one-year suspension. However, after due consideration, his penalty was later reduced to ten months and he was later reinstated on the 17th day of November 2014. His gross misconduct cost him from earning a spot in the Pro Bowl that year. He finished the season with 24 receptions and 303 yards.
The wide receiver also incurred another suspension which took him out for the whole of the 2015 season. He was suspended in February 2015 after testing positive to drugs. Consequently, Josh enrolled at the NFL’s drug abuse program; thus missing out of action in the whole of 2015 season. He appealed for reinstatement in January 2016 and his request was turned down as he also failed another drug test in March 2016. Later in July 2016, Josh was reinstated but he rather stayed away from returning to the league as he enrolled in a rehabilitation program.
At the completion of his rehabilitation program, Josh appealed for reinstatement in March 2017. Although his request was turned down at first, he was later called back in November 2017. Rejoining the Browns, the wide receiver featured in five games before the end of the season. He had a total of 18 receptions for 335 yards and a touchdown. He was then traded to the New England Patriots in exchange for a seventh-round pick in the 2019 NFL draft. Joining the Patriots, Josh became teammates with Tom Brady. So far, he has been experiencing a beautiful comeback to the game he loves most.
Josh Gordon’s Net Worth
The Patriots’ wide receiver has accumulated huge wealth for himself. Although Josh isn’t among the highest paid wide receivers in the league, the star is currently earning a substantial amount from his blossoming career. Josh Gordon currently has a net worth of $4 million. He made his wealth from salaries as well as endorsements and other business ventures.