It’s hard to imagine anyone having to come back from as much self-induced damaged to one’s career as Josh Gordon, but the former Baylor wide receiver is doing all he can to get back to the NFL. And what better way to get back there than by listening to a man that’s already been in his shoes?
Sources told ESPN’s Dan Graziano the former supplemental draft pick is working out with former Olympian-turned-speed-coach Tim Montgomery in an effort to get back to playing football.
Montgomery has had his own run-ins with drug suspensions in the past as he was once the world record holder in the 100-meter dash until he had that stripped away after it was revealed he was a central figure in the BALCO scandal that rocked the sporting world in the early 2000s.
But since then Montgomery has made his way back through even rougher times including an arrest later for distributing heroin. He spent time in jail after pleading guilty to the charges, but when released from prison in May of 2012 he tried his best to help other athletes learn from his experiences.
Montgomery now trains athletes in Gainesville, Florida through a program called NUMA (Never Underestimate My Ability).
Now he is reportedly working with Josh Gordon who has been suspended from the NFL for two games in 2013, another 10 games in 2014, the entirety of the 2015 season and another four games in the 2016 season. He ultimately missed the entirety of that season.
He entered himself into a rehab facility in September of last year and has been trying to work his way back since then and continues to fight to get reinstated.
"What's best for our football team is that we move forward and move on,” Browns head coach Hugh Jackson said after Gordon checked himself into rehab. “He's not going to be with us and we wish him well, but we're moving forward. We're going to move on.''
Gordon got out of rehab October 30 but remains suspended from the NFL.
Maybe working with Montgomery is the step he needs, but that remains to be seen.
Gordon also changed agents this offseason and is now represented by Joby Branion who also represents Von Miller.
Gordon is still just 25 years old.