Former NFL All-Pro Gordon to Join Pitt State Football Staff - KOAM TV 7

Former NFL All-Pro Gordon to Join Pitt State Football Staff


Press Release Pittsburg State University: 

Pittsburg State University head football coach Tim Beck announced today (July 24) that former NFL All-Pro cornerback and punt returner Darrien Gordon has joined the Gorillas coaching staff for the 2013 season.

Gordon, who will assist with the Pitt State defensive secondary, will join the Gorillas staff through the NFLPA/NCAA Coaching Internship Program. The intern program, originally created in 2006 by the NFLPA, NFL, NCAA and American Football Coaches Association, aids former NFL players hoping to break into coaching by serving on coaching staffs at NCAA Division II or III programs.
"For myself and other former NFL players, this is a great program to give us the opportunity to pursue a coaching career," Gordon said. "Being away from the active game of football for 10 years, this is an unique opportunity to start fresh and recharge the thinking process. Some players pursue coaching immediately after retiring. Others either choose to spend time with family or pursue other interests. I think for all of us though the game of football is in our blood, it's a big part of who we are. This is an exciting new chapter in my life."
Gordon enjoyed a 10-year professional career from 1993-2002, playing for the San Diego Chargers (1993-96), Denver Broncos (1997-98), Oakland Raiders (1999-2000, 2002), Atlanta Falcons (2001) and Green Bay Packers (2002). He competed in four Super Bowls, winning a pair of world championships:  Super Bowl XXXII and Super Bowl XXXIII for Denver.
Gordon, who played collegiately at Stanford University, was the 22nd overall player selected in the first round of the 1993 NFL Draft by San Diego. He remains one of just a handful of players who have been drafted in the first round after not being invited to the scouting combine.
Gordon, who earned All-Pro selections in 1994, 1996, 1997 and 2001, finished his NFL career with 19 interceptions and six return touchdowns.
"We are very excited to have Darrien join our coaching staff for the 2013 season," Beck said. "Not only does his playing career speak for itself, but Darrien is a tremendous person. He will be a great asset to our coaching staff and our players."
A native of Shawnee, Okla., Gordon earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Stanford in 2007. Darrien and his wife, Njila, have two sons, Jalil, 20, and Tariq, 17, and two daughters, Nailah, 14, and Aminah, 8.




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