Joshua Caleb Gordon, usually shortened to Josh Gordon, was born in Houston, Texas on April 13, 1991. A wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns, he is the only player in the history of the NFL to have back-to-back 200-yard receiving games during the regular season.
Gordon attended Lamar High School in Houston, Texas during his youth and his performances for Lamar attracted the attention of various colleges, including Houston, Texas Tech and Kansas. Ultimately, however, Gordon decided to accept an athletic scholarship with Baylor University, committing to the school at the start of 2009.
While at Baylor, Gordon impressed during his sophomore year, registering 42 receptions in total. Yet, his time at the school was interrupted by several disciplinary issues. In October 2010, he was suspended after police found marijuana in a car that both Gordon and his teammate, Willie Jefferson, were asleep in. Less than a year later, Gordon failed a drugs test and was suspended indefinitely by the program. He briefly transferred to the University of Utah, then attempted to declare himself eligible for the 2011 NFL Supplemental Draft, but did so too late, forcing him to sit out of the entire 2011 season.
Despite his lack of competitive football, the Cleveland Browns decided to gamble on Gordon's ability and selected him during the second round of the 2012 Supplemental Draft. The gamble paid off and Gordon enjoyed a solid rookie year, which included a 100 yard game in week 13, against the Oakland Raiders.
Prior to the beginning of the 2013 season, Gordon once again faced disciplinary problems, having been found to be in breach of the NFL's substance abuse policy. He subsequently received a two game suspension for the failed drugs test and was warned that a second violation would result in a much longer ban. Nonetheless, Gordon went on to produce an excellent 2013 season, which included two consecutive 200 yard receiving games in week 12 and week 13. Furthermore, he finished the year as the NFL's receiving yards leader. His performances throughout the season saw him named first team All-Pro and receive the first Pro Bowl selection of his career. In addition, he was voted as the Player of the Year by the Cleveland chapter of the PFWA.
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