Josh Gordon of the Cleveland Browns warms up before the start of a preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He is eligible to return in Week 13
Suspended Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has admitted to using drugs and alcohol since the seventh grade and before every NFL game he ever played.
In an interview with GQ, Gordon confessed to being a 'highly functioning' alcoholic and described his 'ritual' of taking one substance or another before playing.
'We would stay at the team hotel, and then players are allowed to go back home, get what they need and then go to the game,' Gordon said.
'So I'd leave the hotel early morning, go home, eat breakfast, do my little ritual, whatever it may be, some weed, some alcohol and then go to the game,' he continued. 'And then, I'd definitely be partying after every game, win or lose. Every game.'
Because of a litany of suspensions, Gordon has not played in a game since 2014, when he appeared in only five games.
However, he has been reinstated on a conditional basis and will be eligible to return to the field in Week 13.
Gordon led the NFL in receiving yards back in 2013, but has only played in five games since
The former Baylor star believes teams knew about his problems dating back to his college days.
'When I got to the league, I think they had their doubts from the very beginning,' Gordon said. 'From the day they drafted me, they had to know there was some type of risk involved. I don't think that they specifically knew.'
'But I'm sure they had their doubts,' he