There may be many running backs joining the NFL draft every season, but there are a few others who have been in the game for years, whose glories cannot be outshined. Talk about people like Melvin Gordon, the American football running back for the Los Angeles Chargers.
Gordon joined the NFL draft in 2015 but he has been a football player since high school and has so far, gained the experience he needs to maintain his position as a member of the offensive backfield. It will therefore not be a misnomer to include him on the list of most NFL’s finest running backs. With 2,587 yards, Gordon was FBS’ second all-time single-season rusher. He came behind Barry Sanders who set a record with 2,628 yards in 1988.
Melvin Gordon is that kind of running back who would hold the ball 20+ times a game. This Chargers’ running back has earned many similar awards and accolades which can serve as a proof that he is simply the best. Here is more to know about this offensive player.
Melvin Gordon – Biography
A son to his mother Carmen Gordon who is a nurse and a drug dealer father Melvin Gordon Sr. better known as Big Bo, Mervin Gordon III was born on April 13, 1993, and raised in Kenosha, Wisconsin where he apparently picked up the enormous desire to become a football player.
Growing up, Gordon attended Mary D. Bradford High School in Kenosha, Wisconsin, where he not only displayed his football skills but also in track and field. Hence, he was a two-sport star for the Red Devils. The athletic skills displayed by young Gordon while in high school really paid off for him. He did not only receive accolades for setting and breaking football records but they also placed him in an enviable position that went as far as speaking for him in all his career levels. His 2,009 rushing yards with 38 touchdowns earned him the recognition as Wisconsin Gatorade Football Player of the Year and the first-team All-state selection by the Associated Press. To top it all was his ranking as the nation’s No. 24 running back. His popularity increased immensely after the ESPN named him the best player in the entire north-central U.S state.
Moving into the University of Wisconsin-Madison for his college career in 2011, Gordon’s football scorecard only got better as he played under three different coaches – Bret Bielema, Barry Alvarez, and Gary Andersen. Even though he was greeted with a groin injury as a freshman, Melvin Gordon finished his first season with the Wisconsin Badgers football team, rushing 20 times for 98 yards with a single touchdown. He also rounded his second season with 62 rushes for 621 yards and 3 touchdowns.
While playing for the Wisconsin Badgers football team, Gordon was on the watch list for the Doak Walker Award, Maxwell Award and Walter Camp Award. He was also widely viewed as a Heisman Trophy contender for which he finished second behind Mariota. He made his career-high 253 rushing yards and 5 rushing touchdowns in a game against Bowling Green. He, however, waived his college final year to join the NFL draft in 2015. But before then, he finished with the 2015 Outback Bowl where he made 251 rushing yards in a 34-31 overtime victory against the Auburn Tigers.
NFL Career Stats, Injury Update
Joining the NFL draft in 2015, the Heisman Trophy finalist was picked by the San Diego Chargers with the 15th overall pick. He then signed a 4-year contract with the professional team in May 2015 and debuted in September 2015, in a game against the Detroit Lions. He eventually finished his rookie season with 833 total yards, 184 carries, 641 rushing yards, and 33 receptions, despite being placed on injured reserve after sustaining a knee injury.
The 2016 season remained one of the best for the offensive player as he recorded his best game with 65 receiving yards. He also recorded 32 carries for 196 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown. In the same season, however, he missed three games after suffering hip and knee injuries.
The 2017 season was injury-free for the young player but not so in his 2018 season as he suffered an MCL injury in a game against the Arizona Cardinals. Notwithstanding, Melvin Gordon recorded a career total of 785 rushing attempts for 3,545 rushing yards with 27 rushing touchdowns and 176 total receptions.
As per his injury, the Chargers seemed to be badly affected by its running back’s absence in most of its games in 2018. However, Gordon’s knee injury seemed to have healed. Having missed the season’s last three games, Gordon makes plans to return to the field. If all goes well, he will be joining his team in Los Angeles’ Week 16 game against the Ravens. The Chargers should enter the game with an 11-3 record.
Melvin Gordon’s Salary and More
Following the four-year contract worth $10.66 million which Gordon signed with the Chargers in May 2015, his annual earnings are expected to be very huge including a $6 million signing bonus. In 2018, Gordon’s base salary stands at around $1.8 with a carrying cap hit of $3,394,929. His net worth is, however, not yet disclosed.
Looking at his performances, Melvin Gordon is often compared to some amazing players like the Chiefs’ running back Jamaal Charles.