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Reunited with Browns, Gordon says he's sober, aiming to be 'best wide receiver of all time'

Nate Ulrich, Akron Beacon Journal on

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BEREA, Ohio -- Josh Gordon returned to the Browns this week clean and sober and with his ultimate NFL dream intact.

Those were the messages the talented wide receiver whose life and career have been plagued by addiction problems sent Wednesday when he spoke to Browns beat writers for the first time in more than a year.

"My goal is to be the best wide receiver of all time," Gordon said. "And now being back in the situation to do it, I plan on seeing it through."

Gordon reunited with the Browns on Tuesday after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell reinstated the 2013 All-Pro selection on a conditional basis Nov. 1. He has missed the last 41 games and 51 of the past 56 because of several violations of the league's substance-abuse policy.

He's attending meetings and working out under the guidance of the strength and conditioning staff. If he meets the terms of his reinstatement, he'll be eligible to start practicing Nov. 20 and play in the final five games beginning Dec. 3 at the Los Angeles Chargers.

Gordon, 26, recently told GQ Magazine he smoked marijuana or drank alcohol before "probably every game" of his collegiate and professional careers.

"I'm clean and sober, and I'm looking forward to 1/8playing without being under the influence3/8, and I think the ceiling is very high," Gordon said.

Gordon's reunion with the Browns comes on the heels of him spending more than three months in rehab in Florida. His fourth known stint in rehab ended in late September.

"My life is just in a conducive space where I need to be for me psychologically, physically," he said. "It's all come together. So right now at this point in time in my life, I'm feeling well. I'm feeling great."

Gordon said he believes his battle to stay sober "gets easier" by the day. He explained he always thought a comeback was possible and credited his "newfound obsession of improvement" on and off the field for gaining re-entry into the league. Gordon said he hopes to wake up every day with the goal of improving as a person, and he wants to become involved in the life of his 2-year-old daughter.

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