Melvin Gordon III has reached remarkable levels of success in the game of football. Currently a Pro Bowl running back for the Los Angeles Chargers, he previously terrorized Big Ten defenses at the University of Wisconsin, where he broke the FBS single-game rushing record previously held by some guy named LaDainian Tomlinson, and finished up his senior year in Madison with more rushing yards than anyone not named Barry Sanders has ever had in a season.
Growing up in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Gordon had a relentless work ethic instilled in him by his parents. From a young age, when he wasn’t pretending to be a Power Ranger or playing PlayStation, he was constantly using that work ethic to improve his game on the football field. And having watched a ton of Barry Sanders and Walter Payton highlights as a youngster, Gordon was always inspired to play running back. This is the story of Gordon’s life on and off the gridiron that led to him becoming the man and player he is today.