Amon Gordon led the defensive line with 33 tackles in 2003, starting all 11
games, but he managed just seven tackles for loss and two sacks. It was a
transition year for the big bodied DT, who tips the scales near 300 pounds, as
he made the adjustment from strongside defensive end to the three technique in
the interior. The future may be bright for the departed Cardinal athlete, but
his performances were uneven and scouts have taken notice.
This decision, however, was motivated by more than just football factors. Gordon
has a baby girl who lives up in Washington state with his family, and he is
eager for a chance to make any money to take care of his loved ones. He has also
had best friend and former Stanford teammate Teyo Johnson in his ear all fall,
whispering of Gordon's draft potential and the luxuries of an NFL lifestyle.
Amon Gordon came to Stanford in the fall of 2000 as a consensus prep
All-American as a linebacker out of Mira Mesa High School in San Diego, and he
was set to play at MLB for the Card his true freshman year before an early
injury sidelined him. He moved to defensive end in 2001 and emerged late in 2002
as a starter and sporadic threat. Though he will acknowledge that he could
significantly improve his stock with another year as a college DT in 2004, now
is the time for Gordon and his family to take his available chance.
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