I’m glad that the Browns’ WR Josh Gordon says that he isn’t an alcoholic or drug addict and I hope, for his sake, that is true. So what is going on with him then? Why does he keep sabotaging his career at every turn? It is hard to believe that he is as dumb as his actions make him seem.
In my opinion, I don’t think he wants to play football. I think it is as simple as that. There may or may not be deep psychological or emotional reasons for it. He may not even realize that he doesn’t want to play. Maybe he just doesn’t like the pressure to perform. Maybe he feels guilty that he made it out of his life back home, but his friends didn’t. There could be any number of reasons. But his pattern is consistant, do something stupid so they stop me from playing.
It’s a shame. He is an incredible athlete. But talent doesn’t equal passion and love for the game. If he had that, he would make sure that he did everything within his power to be on the field. Football is all Josh Gordon has ever known. Playing football is Josh Gordon’s way out. Playing football is what Josh Gordon does. Has anyone ever asked Josh Gordon if he wants to play football?
We can’t understand why he is throwing it all away because most of us would give anything to be that talented and play professional sports. But sometimes, the people who are naturally gifted don’t appreciate what they have as much as someone who has to put in twice as much effort.
Selfishly, I hope the Browns do not cut him and that in a couple of years (remember, he’s only 23) he sorts it all out and he becomes the player equal to his potential. But mostly, I hope that he sorts it all out for Josh Gordon. That he decides what he wants to do, who he wants to be, and finds his passion and love in life.
Good luck Josh. This Browns’ fan is cheering for you, even if I never see you catch a TD pass on any given Sunday ever again.