It must be nice to get that type of player access. Good read though. Props to Forest.
Click here for the entire article.5 MINUTES WITH CLETIS GORDON
By Forrest Overin
Less than two weeks ago, Cletis Gordon was, more or less, just another face in the training camp crowd, toiling in relative anonymity. In the blink of an eye, though, things can change. Sometimes drastically.
One moment, Darren Sproles is penciled in as the Chargers’ primary punt and kick returner, and the next, he breaks a leg and is lost for the year, leaving the team scrambling to find someone to take over a job that pretty much amounts to poking a sleeping, hungry lion with a stick.
So it is that Gordon suddenly finds himself in the spotlight, auditioning to be the club’s return specialist. One of a couple dozen free agents signed by the Chargers shortly after the draft last April, the rookie from Jackson State has gotten off to a fine start, breaking loose for a 53 yard return on the opening kickoff of last week’s game against the Bears.
“I fielded the ball and saw that there was a seam on the right, and that the blocking was set up,” he recalled. “I hit it hard, up the sideline, until it was just me and the kicker.”
By the time Cletis had been forced out of bounds, he had crossed midfield and set up the Bolts’ offense with outstanding field position. All in a days work for a guy who participates in the NFL’s version of Destruction Derby.
Gordon showed soft hands, fielding each kickoff and punt he handled on the night flawlessly. Just as importantly, he displayed ‘ice water in his veins” type courage in the presence of bodies flying by and crashing all around him. It’s definitely not a job for the feint of heart.
“It does take a certain fearlessness,” Gordon conceded.