53 Facts About Melvin Gordon

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Melvin Gordon III was born on April 13, 1993 and is an American football running back for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League.

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Melvin Gordon played college football at Wisconsin, and was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

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Melvin Gordon briefly held the NCAA Division I FBS single-game rushing yards record with 408 yards, set playing in three quarters against Nebraska in November 2014, until it was broken the following week by Oklahoma Sooners running back Samaje Perine against Kansas with 427 yards.

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Melvin Gordon became the second all-time single-season rusher in FBS history with 2, 587 yards, falling 41 yards shy of Barry Sanders record of 2, 628 yards set in 1988.

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Melvin Gordon was a first-team All-state selection by the Associated Press and the WFCA as a senior, after he rushed for 2, 009 yards with 38 touchdowns.

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Melvin Gordon was the Wisconsin Gatorade Football Player of the Year.

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Melvin Gordon's played on the same team as cornerback Trae Waynes, who was drafted four spots ahead of Melvin Gordon in the 2015 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings.

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Melvin Gordon earned a second-place finish in the 100-meter dash at the 2011 SEC Outdoor Conference, recording a career-best time of 10.

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9.

Melvin Gordon chose Wisconsin over scholarship offers from Iowa, Louisville, and Michigan.

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Melvin Gordon originally committed to the University of Iowa but decommitted and chose the University of Wisconsin–Madison instead.

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Melvin Gordon attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he played for the Wisconsin Badgers football team from 2011 through 2014 under head coaches Bret Bielema, Barry Alvarez, and Gary Andersen.

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12.

Melvin Gordon was given a medical redshirt after suffering a groin injury.

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13.

In 2012, Melvin Gordon was the third string running back behind Montee Ball and James White.

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14.

James White and Melvin Gordon received a majority of the carries and the backfield and both were productive.

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Melvin Gordon had a season-high in yardage with 193 yards on 15 carries for two rushing touchdowns.

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16.

Melvin Gordon found the endzone three times to go along with 147 yards on 16 carries in the following game against Purdue.

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On November 14, Melvin Gordon was named one of the ten semifinalists for the 2013 Doak Walker Award.

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In December 2013, Melvin Gordon announced after much speculation that he would be returning to Wisconsin for his junior season.

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19.

In explaining his decision, Melvin Gordon stated that, "I love the University of Wisconsin and feel that there is still a lot of room for growth.

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20.

Melvin Gordon was on preseason watchlists for the Maxwell Award, Doak Walker Award, and Walter Camp Award.

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21.

Melvin Gordon stated to the media after the game that he wasn't injured.

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22.

However, two days later Andersen stated that Melvin Gordon strained his hip-flexor on the last play in the second quarter of the game against LSU and "we were trying to be smart with him as the rest of the game went on".

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Just two weeks later, Melvin Gordon surpassed his 253-yard game rushing against Bowling Green when he reached 259 yards rushing against Northwestern at Ryan Field in a losing effort.

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24.

Melvin Gordon accomplished this, as well as scoring four rushing touchdowns, on only 25 carries in three quarters of play.

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25.

Melvin Gordon garnered multiple Player of the Week awards for his performance against the Huskers.

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26.

Melvin Gordon went over 2, 000 yards rushing for the season, only the 17th player in FBS history to do so.

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Melvin Gordon reached the 2, 000 yard mark faster than any of his predecessors, on just 241 carries.

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28.

When Melvin Gordon learned that his record had been broken after only one week, he commented: "That's disappointing, to have that.

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29.

The following day, Melvin Gordon was named the Big Ten's Graham–George Offensive Player of the Year.

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30.

Melvin Gordon was one of three Heisman Trophy finalists joining Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota and Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper.

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Melvin Gordon became Wisconsin's fourth finalist for the Heisman Trophy, all of whom played running back for the Badgers.

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32.

Melvin Gordon finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting behind Mariota.

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33.

Melvin Gordon waived his final year of college eligibility and entered the 2015 NFL Draft.

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34.

Melvin Gordon set the Outback Bowl rushing record with his performance and was named the game MVP.

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35.

Melvin Gordon began his professional career being named the starting running back for the Chargers' season opener, ahead of veterans Danny Woodhead and Branden Oliver.

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36.

On May 10, 2016, it was revealed that Melvin Gordon had undergone microfracture surgery in January, but would still be ready for training camp and other activities starting in 2016.

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On September 11, 2016, Melvin Gordon scored his first two career rushing touchdowns in the season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs.

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38.

Melvin Gordon missed the final three games of the season after suffering hip and knee injuries, finishing just three yards shy of 1, 000 yards rushing.

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39.

Melvin Gordon was named to his first Pro Bowl as a replacement for injured Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell.

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40.

Melvin Gordon returned to playing in Week 16 against the Baltimore Ravens.

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41.

Melvin Gordon earned his second Pro Bowl nomination for his accomplishments in the 2018 season.

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42.

Melvin Gordon was ranked 34th by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2019.

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43.

Melvin Gordon wore 25 throughout his collegiate career with the Wisconsin Badgers.

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44.

On July 13, 2019, Melvin Gordon told the Chargers that if he did not receive a new contract, he would demand to be traded and skip training camp.

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45.

On July 16, 2019, Melvin Gordon stated that "I want to end up with the Chargers, I mean, that's my home.

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46.

Melvin Gordon reported to the team on September 26, 2019, and the Chargers received a roster exemption for him.

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47.

On March 26, 2020, Melvin Gordon signed a two-year, $16 million contract with the Denver Broncos.

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Melvin Gordon made his debut with the Broncos in Week 1 against the Tennessee Titans on Monday Night Football.

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49.

Melvin Gordon shared the backfield with rookie Javonte Williams in the 2021 season.

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50.

In 2018, Melvin Gordon founded the Beyond the Flash Foundation, which is designed to help fight hunger and provide needy families with support.

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51.

Melvin Gordon was arrested in Denver for speeding and DUI on October 14, 2020.

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52.

Melvin Gordon pleaded not guilty to the charges on January 14, 2021.

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53.

The DUI charge was dismissed on March 10, 2021, and Melvin Gordon instead pleaded guilty to speeding and reckless driving.

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