Photographs by Cristina Gutierrez
"As a Professional Athlete, Coach, Artist, and Creative, his abilities are unmatched. However, where Gordon shines the most is as a friend, family member, and teammate. Kindheartedness, compassion, and empathy aren't foreign to Gordon. It's evident in the way he carries himself with others. Gordon led one of the nations worst Division-1AA football programs to back-to-back Conference Championships, National Playoff appearances and Top-25 rankings. Following that impressive feat, he went on to play for the San Diego Chargers, as one of the first NFL Athletes to come out of Sacred Heart University. There's an innate ability that world-class leaders have that can move mountains -- Gordon has that ability. The biggest stages excite Gordon, whereas, others might be intimated. I've seen that first-hand motivate others to be their best self! The best years of Gordon's career are ahead of him. Excited to watch him change the world."
– Connor Candito
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A TRAILBLAZER?
To be a trailblazer means to be willing to fail and being numb to the opinions of others as you go after whatever you’re pursuing. Being a trailblazer comes with the territory of loneliness, being a risk taker, and some may even say crazy. However, when trailblazers achieve that “thing," most will tell you that the vulnerability that they allowed themselves to have was the beauty of it all.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A CREATOR? HOW DO YOU MANIFEST YOUR CREATIVITY?
To be a creator means to be a communicator with any medium except language. Personally, I manifest my creativity via photography, videography, writing, and I’m currently working on adding another medium in which I can create in the coming year.
HOW DO YOU DEFINE SUCCESS?