Robert Gordon - Receiver - Nebraska at Omaha - 1999-04
Robert Gordon was a durable receiver who posted great totals over a 13 season career in the CFL. Although his career started rather nomadic with stops in Ottawa, Toronto, BC and Edmonton he later found a home in Winnipeg spending the final 6 seasons of his career with the Blue Bombers.
Gordon arrived in the CFL out of Nebraska at Omaha in 1991 with the Ottawa Rough Riders. With Ottawa he made an impact as a rookie contributing over 400 yards displaying his blazing speed with 16.4 per catch average. After 1 more season in Ottawa Gordon moved to the Argonauts. His look gave him the nickname "Bobby Gorgeous" and in 1994 he boasted totals to back up his looks. He broke the 1,000 yard receiving barrier with Toronto in 1994 as the Argonauts made the play-offs. 2 more 1,000 seasons would follow in 1996 with Ottawa and '97 with the Eskimos. Gordon was out of the CFL in 1998 and played in the Arena football league.
In 1999 Gordon returned to the CFL with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. The sure handed receiver would set down roots in Winnipeg for the final 6 seasons of his career. in 2000 he had his finest season with 1,395 receiving yards and 7 touchdowns. It was also around this time that Gordon's look started to get noticed on the silver screen. Gordon carved out an acting career mostly as a footbal player and his credits include Any Given Sunday. Winnipeg was building a strong team with a formidable receiving core and Gordon was a central part. Along with Milt Stegall and Arland Bruce, footballs were flying in Winnipeg in 2001. The team had the best record in the league at 14-4 but would be upset by Calgary in the Grey Cup. Gordon was hampered by injuries in 2002 but would return to his productive form in 2003 with 896 yards and 4 touchdowns. In his final season in Winnipeg in 2004 he would be in and out of the line-up which was frustrating for the veteran. He would retire from football after the 2004 season having spent 13 productive seasons in the CFL. For that tenure he holds the dubious distinction of never winning a Grey Cup.
A 'gorgeous' athlete on and off the field Robert Gordon had strong totals and was a productive CFL receiver.
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