FOXBORO — Josh Gordon did not want to talk about the past. He made that much clear after releasing a statement this past week telling us that everything that has gotten him to this point in life, the substance abuse, suspensions, mental health problems….they’re all behind him.
But the present. Well, it’s hard not to look at the man who stood at then podium taking questions from reporters, or the player who caught 3 balls for 73 yards and a touchdown on Sunday night and not believe he is doing just fine.
“I’m doing very well,” Gordon said after the Patriots 33-3 win over the Steelers. “I’m extremely filled with gratitude every day, just enjoying myself. Coming inside this building, being with this family-oriented type of environment, and just doing what I love to do. There’s nothing better than this, honestly. It’s great.”
— Patriots on CLNS (@PatriotsCLNS) September 9, 2019
Gordon did say, that warm fuzzy feeling he gets inside Foxboro nowadays was not always the way.
“For me, initially it was a culture shock,” Gordon said. “It was definitely different. I think as I grew in this environment and got to observe other young men move and organize and act professionally, expectations were high.
“It wasn’t anything more than what I think they knew that they could do was being asked of them. I was like, ‘Alright, this is the way it’s done here.’ I could either get with it, or look for a transition somewhere else. It’s tough, but if this is what you want to do, I think this is the best place to be.”
Gordon, like many of his teammates was naturally asked how the arrival of Antonio Brown will be received, and whether he – as someone coming from the outside – had any advice for his new teammate.
“Antonio is Antonio,” Gordon said. “He’s going to have to figure out his own way, just like everybody else has.”
Gordon acknowledges that playing for the Patriots is not for everyone. But more than just conforming to the ‘Patriot Way’ the key for him is much simpler than that.
“That was the main goal for me,” he said, “just have as much fun as possible. Go as hard and put as much of myself out there as I possibly could, and I had a good time with it. That was my No. 1 objective.”