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Josh Gordon Reportedly Will Work for Sarchione Auto Group During NFL Suspension

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Mike ChiariFeatured ColumnistSeptember 4, 2014

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon will have to sit out the entire 2014 NFL season due to suspension, but the All-Pro pass-catcher won't be out of work.

According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, Gordon is going to serve as a goodwill ambassador for Sarchione Auto Group in Randolph, Ohio, during his banishment from the league.

Anderson also provided some details regarding the nature of Gordon's work with Sarchione.

"He will be working in all aspects of their car business including as an on-floor salesman," Anderson wrote. "Gordon will also be heading all of their local community efforts including with the Wounded Warriors Project. He starts this weekend."

Gordon's decision certainly took many by surprise, and it has sparked a great deal of reaction. Most of it has been humorous or sarcastic in nature, such as this tweet from Zach Harper of CBSSports.com:

The NFL suspended the Baylor product for all of 2014 due to a violation of the NFL's substance-abuse policy. Gordon later appealed, but the league upheld the decision, per Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports 1:

Since the decision was made official, Gordon has been exploring other avenues. According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, Gordon looked into the possibility of playing in the CFL this season:

That possibility was quickly shot down, however, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport:

In addition to that, Pro Football Talk is reporting that Gordon is contemplating filing a lawsuit against the NFL in order to get the suspension reversed:

It remains to be seen if Gordon and his legal team will follow through, but he has found a new calling in the meantime.

While going from NFL superstar to car salesman is obviously a step down in prestige, this may end up being a good thing for Gordon. Everything has been taken away from him for a year, so now he can get a feel for what it's like to exist in the real world.

Working a normal job could very well give him a greater appreciation for what he has, and perhaps that will result in him turning his life around.

The fact that Gordon will be working with charities is admirable as well, and it is the first step in repairing his broken image.

Gordon has been humbled, and taking this job shows that he may be willing to work his way back up the ladder.

 

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