April 20, 2004 - Canadian Football League (CFL) - Winnipeg Blue Bombers
WINNIPEG, MB Â– The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today completed a major signing, inking all-star wide receiver and fan favorite Robert Gordon to a contract.
Gordon (5-10, 190, Nebraska-Omaha Â’89, DOB: July 9, 1968 in Detroit, MI) enters his 13th CFL campaign and his 6th with the Blue & Gold.
He has played in 160 regular-season games, six playoff games and one Grey Cup for his career. He has appeared in 63 regular-season games, three playoff battles and one Grey Cup as a member of the Blue Bombers.
Â“Bobby GorgeousÂ” is one of the CFLÂ’s best all-time receivers. He enters 2004 in 13th place in CFL All-Time Receptions (591) and 19th in CFL All-Time Yardage (9,163). He has 49 career touchdowns to his credit.
Â“Robert is a proven receiver that has consistently been a productive player for us,Â” said Brendan Taman, general manager & vice-president of football operations for the Big Blue. Â“He has a great rapport with (quarterback) Khari (Jones) and (slotback) Milt (Stegall), which is a big part of our success. He is a very good team player and is well-liked in the locker room, which is a valuable asset in itself.Â”
Gordon consistently makes important catches that influence the outcome of games. His presence makes WinnipegÂ’s offence even that much more lethal.
Gordon, WinnipegÂ’s go-to guy in the clutch, is a playmaker with experience Â– a combination that is hard to find in the Canadian Football League. If thereÂ’s anything that Gordon has proven in his time in the CFL, itÂ’s that he consistently posts big-time receiving numbers no matter what team he represents.
THE CFL YEARS Â– 2003 Gordon played in 16 regular-season games for Winnipeg in 2003 before missing the remainder of the season with a knee injury. He posted some outstanding numbers in 2003.
He finished the season with 47 receptions for 896 yards and four touchdowns. His 19.1-yards per catch led the team in receiving average and is the best total of his CFL career. He finished 2nd on the club in receiving yards.
CJOB twice named Gordon its Offensive Player of the Game in 2003: Week 1 (Winnipeg @ British Columbia, June 20, 2003) and Week 14 (Winnipeg vs. British Columbia, Sept. 20, 2003).
Gordon had two 100-yard games that season: one against the Tiger-Cats (Winnipeg @ Hamilton, Aug. 2, 2003) and one against the Lions (Winnipeg vs. British Columbia, Sept. 20, 2003).
THE CFL YEARS Â– 2002 Gordon had a short CFL campaign in 2002. After returning to Winnipeg from the Detroit Fury of the Arena Football League Sept. 4, 2002, he played in only two regular-season games before re-injuring his humerus bone. He totaled seven receptions for 82 yards and an 11.7-yard average.
THE CFL YEARS Â– 2001 Gordon played in 12 regular-season games for Winnipeg after rejoining the club, Aug. 12, 2001. He also played in the 2001 East Division Final and the 2001 Grey Cup.
Despite only playing two-thirds of the year, Gordon still managed to place 2nd on the club in receptions (54) and receiving yards (857). He added four touchdowns on the season.
Gordon reached an important milestone against Hamilton in WinnipegÂ’s 63-31 thrashing of the Tabbies. In that game Gordon nabbed his 500th career CFL reception.
Gordon had a big game against the Tiger-Cats in October (Winnipeg vs. Hamilton, Oct. 14, 2001), hauling in seven receptions for 102 yards. The 100-yard effort was GordonÂ’s 3rd of the 2001 season. When he made his third reception of that game Â– a 20-yard grab in the early 2nd Quarter Â– he surpassed 8,000 career receiving yards.
GordonÂ’s other two 100-yard games in 2001 came against MontrĂ©al (7 catches, 132 yards, Winnipeg vs. Montreal, Aug. 24, 2001) and Hamilton (7 catches, 114 yards, Winnipeg vs. Hamilton, Sept. 8, 2001).
THE CFL YEARS Â– 2000 Gordon had the best season of his CFL career in 2000. Time and time again, he made key grabs to continue Winnipeg drives. His ability to make important possession catches in double coverage proved to be unparalleled in the league.
Gordon had the 4th 1,000-year receiving season of his career in 2000. His total of 1,395 yards was the 5th highest in the CFL while 89 receptions were 4th best. Both of those marks are career highs for Gordon. His receiving yards total was the 8th best in Winnipeg Football Club History while his reception tally was 4th best in club history. For his outstanding season, the Football Reporters of Canada named Gordon to Eastern Division All-Star Team. That was the second time Gordon earned the honor.
THE CFL YEARS Â– 1999 Gordon only appeared in 15 of WinnipegÂ’s 18 games in 1999 yet still managed to place 2nd on the club in receptions (59) and receiving yardage (863), which placed him 9th and 10th respectively in the CFL.
Gordon proved to be a dangerous punt and kickoff returner. His speed and deceiving moves made him a headache for other clubsÂ’ special teams players.
THE CFL YEARS Â– BEFORE 1999 The University of Nebraska-Omaha product came to the CFL with the Ottawa Rough Riders in 1991 after being a late training camp cut by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1990.
After two years in Ottawa, Gordon joined the Toronto Argonauts as a free agent. He joined the British Columbia Lions in 1995 and was traded by the Lions in 1996 back to Ottawa. The Edmonton Eskimos then selected him in the 1st Round (8th Overall) in 1997 Dispersal Draft.
Gordon spent the 1998 season in the Arena Football League with the Orlando Predators, posting the 2nd-highest reception, receiving yards and touchdown totals in franchise history. He guided the team to the AFL Championship that year.
Gordon spent three years at the University of Nebraska-Omaha (1986-89),
where he amassed 3,991 all-purpose yards. He caught 141 passes for 2,182
yards during his college career and was All-Conference as a senior with
72 receptions for 1,062 yards and five touchdowns.