• Former football player killed in Jacksonville remembered

    By: Kevin Clark , Danae Leake , Action News Jax


    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - One of the four men killed in a violent weekend in Jacksonville was a former professional football player who was well-loved. 

    Police found Thomas Gordon, 30, shot to death early Sunday morning in a roadway neat 1600 W. Eighth and Tyler streets, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. Investigators said Gordon was likely shot and killed in the roadway. 

    Photos: Former pro football player Thomas Gordon killed in Jacksonville 

    Police said they have no suspect information. 

    Gordon’s family tells Action News Jax he was a standout football player at Arlington Country Day School.

    He played college ball at Kentucky Wesleyan College and had pro aspirations.

    A few years ago, Gordon was even invited to training camp with the Kansas City Chiefs. He also played some arena league football. 

    Gordon's Facebook profile says he was a former wide receiver for two indoor football league teams, the Billings Wolves and Green Bay Blizzard.

    That love of the game is something family tells us he always had.

    “For anybody that truly knew and understood Thomas, his whole world was God, family and football,” said his cousin, Shayla Gordon-Agbililbeazu.

    One longtime friend said Gordon had been coaching local youth teams, but didn’t rule out the idea of still playing.

    “Both of us got a contract offer with the Triangle Torch to go up to camp with them, so we were excited about that,” Randall Richburg said.

    Since his death, some of his friends and family are grieving over the loss on social media.

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