Stanford defensive tackle on the move.

Posted Dec 19, 2003

Stanford redshirt junior defensive tackle Amon Gordon has announced today that he will take the jump to the NFL and forgo his fifth and final year of college eligibility.  

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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