We don’t know that we’ve seen Melvin Gordon’s final turn on Camp Randall’s turf. The Badgers running back hasn’t said good-bye, nor has he said that we’ll see him back next year. The freshly minted Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year has avowed publicly that he won’t decide whether to enter the NFL draft until his redshirt junior season ends, and with the Badgers set to face Ohio State in the conference championship game before playing in a presumably prestigious bowl, there’s time. But last Saturday, in Wisconsin’s regular-season finale versus Minnesota, the delay felt academic.
Though Gordon didn’t participate in the pregame Senior Day festivities, where schools occasionally allow surefire early draft exits to take a final bow as underclassmen, he took the stage during the postgame victory ceremony alongside several senior teammates who were giving speeches. The Kenosha native’s eyes stayed busy, surveying the crowd over and over as though by scanning each row of bleachers individually he could commit the entire stadium, the entire night, to memory.
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