Josh Gordon’s Patriots tenure was not a particularly memorable one, though it did produce a title with New England defeating Los Angeles for its sixth Super Bowl of the Brady/ Belichick Era. Gordon didn’t see the field in that game—he was serving yet another suspension—but the Patriots still gifted him a championship ring for his contributions during the 2018 regular season, which included 40 catches for 720 yards and three touchdowns on 68 targets.
Most players keep their championship hardware in safes or bank deposit boxes, but apparently not Gordon, whose Super Bowl LIII ring was recently auctioned for $138,000, according to Rich Mueller of Sports Collectors Daily. Along with Gordon’s ring and countless other sports keepsakes, a vintage Michael Jordan card from 1986-87 fetched a whopping $420,000 bid during the first of two “Platinum Night” sessions conducted by Texas-based Heritage Auctions this past weekend.
Gordon returned to Foxboro as an unrestricted free agent in 2019 but was canned after logging a meager 20-287-1 receiving line across six appearances for the Pats. The Baylor alum resurfaced with Seattle, managing seven grabs for 139 scoreless yards before again violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Coach Pete Carroll has suggested the Seahawks could bring Gordon back upon his reinstatement, though the 29-year-old has yet to hear back from the NFL on that front.
The second-youngest player to lead the league in receiving yards at just 22 (made more remarkable by the fact he only suited up for 14 of the Browns’ 16 games that year), Gordon has been candid about his off-field struggles, admitting he was high or under the influence of alcohol, even during games, for much of his early career. According to Gordon’s lawyer (via ESPN’s Mike Reiss), the wide receiver’s latest setback came after his brother’s passing last fall. From contract data compiled by Spotrac, the 6’3,” 225-pound Gordon has earned a reported $5.381 million since arriving in the league as a supplemental pick in 2012.