The San Diego Chargers talked with running back Melvin Gordon about his first year in the NFL, and the second year back was not very happy with his rookie year, in which he averaged just 3.5 yards a carry. The Chargers second year back said he has something to prove.
“Oh, I have something to prove, In the NFL, I think every player has something to prove. You can never be complacent. Even if I had the greatest season of any rookie, I’d still be motivated. Unfortunately, my season didn’t go the way I wanted it, so I’m extra motivated. I appreciate the fans for hanging with me through the hard times. I appreciate you. And the fans that didn’t, I appreciate them too. I’ll change minds, and success will definitely feel sweeter after [the last year] I had.”
Gordon feels he knows how to fix the problem, and vows to do so.
“You can’t dwell on last year,” Gordon said. “It’s a new season and you have to get past it. But there are things I didn’t know as a rookie that I know now. There are things that you can only learn from playing the game. I understand the game better now. I wish I knew last year what guys who have been in the league for four or five years know. I have a better understanding now, and that will grow. Rookie years are different for a lot of people. Some have more success than others, so I am just trying to go out there, work and prove myself more this year.”
The Chargers will need him to step up if they want to win the AFC West.