When Steve Gordon looks back at his time as a player on the Nevada Union football team, he couldn’t tell you how many wins the teams he played on had or how many league titles they claimed. All he knows is it was a lot of fun.

“It was awesome,” Gordon said of his days at Nevada Union. “There’s endless amounts of stuff. All the wins, the victories, the mud bowl. Playing San Juan for the league championship at Nevada Union and there’s 4-6 inches of mud in the middle of the field. There’s all those memories, but most of all it was the camaraderie of the team … I couldn’t tell you how many games we won or if we won the league or if we didn’t win the league. All I know is we won a lot of games, we played hard and it was a lot of fun.”

While at Nevada Union the 1987 graduate was a stud on both sides of the ball in football and an All-League selection in basketball.

On the gridiron, Gordon stood out on the offensive line as a guard, earning All-League honors as a junior. He would later garner All-League, All-Metro and All-State honors as a senior. He also helped the football team to a league title in 1985.

Gordon is set to be inducted into the Nevada Union Athletics Hall of Fame Saturday along with teammate Patrick Birdsong and coach Randy Blankenship.

Gordon credited Blankenship (then the head coach of the football team), Dave Humphers (the offensive line coach at the time) and the rest of the NU coaching staff for preparing him to compete at the next level and beyond.

“Everything they instilled in us helped me in college and in life. They really did a good job,” he said. “From the beginning it was about attention to detail, work ethic, mental toughness was a big one and just toughness in general.”

Gordon’s prowess on the offensive line earned him a scholarship to play at the University of California, Berkeley, where he shifted to center and was a starter for four years. While at Cal, Gordon helped the Bears to a Copper Bowl championship in 1990 and a Citrus Bowl title in 1991. He was named an All-American in 1991 and was also earned the “Tiny Bates Award” which is awarded by the University Alumni Association and given to Cal football’s to the Most Outstanding Player of the Year.

In 1992, Gordon was drafted in the 10th round by the New England Patriots. He would bounce around the NFL for eight years, eventually landing with the 49ers where he garnered substantial playing time and a handful of starts. He wrapped up his playing career in 2000 with the Cleveland Browns.

After his playing days concluded, Gordon couldn’t stay away from the field and dabbled in coaching. He coached for the Folsom Junior Bulldogs program for eight years, winning seven championships along the way. He also spent a year coaching offensive line at Rocklin High School, and logged five years coaching his daughter in AAU youth girls basketball.

Gordon said he’s very thankful of his father and his daughters for all the support they have given to him during his athletic and coaching journey.

Gordon currently lives in Roseville and works in real estate development/sales and marketing.

To contact Sports Editor Walter Ford, call 530-477-4232 or email

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