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Firecats Spotlight - Bruce Gordon
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            After a few years away from his home, Bruce Gordon is looking forward to showing Southwest Florida what they’ve been missing. 

            A newcomer to the Firecats, Gordon, who grew up in Naples and won a Class 5A State Championship in 2001 at Naples High, is looking forward to showing the fans how he has changed his game over the past few years.  “It’s been a while,” says Gordon, “They haven’t seen how I’ve elevated my game, I can do a lot of new things.”  A self-described “do-everything” kind of receiver, Gordon has the speed to beat defenses deep down the field, the hands to succeed as a possession receiver across the middle, and the agility to make defenders miss while turning a short hitch or screen pass into a long gain.  These are all abilities that Gordon put on display over his college career at Temple University and Dodge City Community College, garnering All-Jayhawk Conference Honors during his two years with the Conquistadors.  Gordon hopes to enjoy similar success with the Firecats this year.  

            While personal achievements and accolades are always nice, as an af2 rookie, Gordon’s main goal is to help the Firecats win a Championship.  An unselfish player, Gordon will be happy to contribute whenever he can and he is confident he will make plays whenever he is given the opportunity.  “Even if I don’t start, I just want to help the team win games,” says Gordon.  In the Firecats 56-14 thrashing of the Texas Copperheads last Sunday night, that is exactly what he did.  Gordon chipped in with two catches for 13 yards helping the ‘Cats get off to a 1-0 start with a convincing win on the road, the first stop on the team’s push for the 2008 Arena Cup. 

            Since joining the Firecats, Gordon has blended well with his teammates and made several new friends both on and off the field.  He credits af2 veterans Chris Wallace, Chris McKinney, Matt Burnstein, and Brent Burnside for taking him under their wings and showing him the way.  Gordon claims that he has been a sponge for their advice and looks forward to learning from them all year long.  Hopefully, he’ll be learning deep into the Arena Cup Playoffs.

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