Josh Gordon gets a Super Bowl ring

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He’s suspended and reportedly still in rehab. But Patriots receiver Josh Gordon has won a Super Bowl ring.

The 27-year-old receiver, who had his best season since 2013 in 11 games with the Patriots before triggering his latest suspension for violating the terms of the substance-abuse policy, will receive the piece of jewelry that goes to the NFL champion.

The bigger question is whether Gordon will be playing for the Patriots, or anyone else, in 2019. A report from NFL Media (which can be regarded in matters such as this as an announcement from the league) that he may be reinstated for training camp underscores the reality that the NFL currently does whatever it wants to do when it comes to the terms of the policy, which as written would compel a mandatory suspension of at least one calendar year.

But it’s good that the league will work with players, instead of adhering to the strict letter of the law. It’s definitely good for Gordon and the Patriots, who may be together again as New England begins to embark on its quest for a seventh Super Bowl championship.

24 responses to “Josh Gordon gets a Super Bowl ring

  1. Good. I hope it inspires him. Still a young man with an absurd physique and talent most men would beg for. Best wishes to him for heath and happiness.

  2. Without his contributions mid season I doubt the Pats would have been the 2 seed and things may have played out differently. He earned it

  3. Addiction is a horrible beast and I hope the NFL has turned a corner and supports those trying to turn themselves around. We all make mistakes and thankfully those around us forgive more often than not.

  4. I’m pretty sure every year players who contribute during the season but don’t play in the SB get a ring. I’d guess Wentz got a ring last year, was that a participation trophy? Gordon was getting a ring even if he had never had drug issues and blew his knee out.

  5. the man has his demons as do so many of us
    addiction is terrible, alcohol, drug, food, etc
    we all fight it in some way
    Good for Gordon, working hard on improving himself
    Good for the NFL, finally understanding that people are flawed
    and working with them, to lift them up and treat them as humans
    not just employees

  6. He deserves a ring for his contributions. Owners hand out the rings not the nfl. I hear Mr. Kraft is paying for his rehab so of course he gets a ring. Top notch organization that cares about it’s employees.

  7. Harrisonhits2 is right – they might not have had a 2-seed without Gordon. He was a major part of the O mid-season when Gronk and Michel were hurt.
    But also (and yes I know this is the internet), what’s up with hating on this guy? He has substance abuse problems–he’s never been accused of hurting another person in any way as far as I can tell.
    Not entirely sure I want him on the Pats again bc he’s so unreliable but damn, they coulda used him in the SB. Woulda been 27-3.

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