Packers CB Has Passion Beyond Football

By Ryan Crowe,

ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – Josh Gordy is thrilled to be here.  Not thrilled to be playing in the biggest game in football (although he is) he’s thrilled to be playing pro football period.

The rookie cornerback out of Central Michigan University didn’t start the season on the roster of the NFC Champion Green Bay Packers. He started training camp with the Jacksonville Jaguars but wound up in Green Bay after Week 11 of the season.

And while he probably won’t see action during the game, he will be on the sidelines of Sunday’s Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.

But all that is secondary to the mission Josh has of bringing awareness to the bleeding disorder Hemophilia.

Gordy’s 8-year-old nephew Nolan was diagnosed with Hemophilia at birth, and Josh is now using his resource as a professional football player to tell Nolan’s story.

Nolan’s medication, called clotting factor, can cost his family an upwards of $2,000 per treatment.  Gordy admits he didn’t know much of Hemophilia before Nolan was born.  “Nobody paid attention to it, but once he was born, you realize the severity,” he said.

But having Hemophilia isn’t keeping Nolan from being a kid.

Gordy calls Nolan his ‘Tough Little Soldier’ for the expensive infusion treatments Nolan gives himself almost daily to keep his joints from bleeding.  “He’s still moving, you can’t keep him down,” says Gordy, who adds Nolan is like any other 8-year-old.  “He’s always trying to do something,” he laughs.

Gordy’s family, who are from the Augusta, Georgia area, will be cheering the Packers on from the stands at Cowboys Stadium Sunday, and Nolan will be there cheering for his uncle’s team.

But it’s what he plans to do in the off-season that is what makes this rookie stand out.

Gordy wants to help bring awareness to the Hemophilia community in his home state of Georgia and nationally, and hopes to begin a foundation focusing on research and advocacy for the cause.  “I want to make it more understood, it’s expensive.”

He also wants to be a role model to kids with Hemophilia, to let them know that even if they never play pro football, they can do whatever they set their mind to. “Fight and never give up.  Do whatever it is you want to do to your fullest, and don’t settle.”

He adds that if the Packers win, getting to meet the President would be a great opportunity to talk to him about Hemophilia, but says that might be difficult with the entire team at the White House. “He’s a busy man, but it would be a great topic to speak with him on.”

But even if he doesn’t get his photo in the White House Rose Garden, and even if he doesn’t play in Sunday’s game, Josh Gordy knows that just by speaking up for kids with Hemophilia, he’ll already be a hero to many.

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  • Debbie Diesing

    Rock on, Gordy! My son has Hemophilia too—we need a person like you to help up find a cure—THANKS.
    I’ve been to DC to advocate, and President Obama knows what Hemophilia is; try to remind him, though. He is a great person to help make living with this disease easier.

  • Debbie Diesing

    Thanks Josh Gordy….Remind the President of our needs; he has heard our story about living with Hemophilia.

  • Katie R

    Congrats Josh, keep doing good work! You’re already a hero.

  • Chris White

    TY Josh! Your bringing more light to Hemophilia is greatly appreciated. Having severe factor 8 myself and 5 total joint replacements I know your help will greatly benifit the younger generation.

  • J.s. Schulte

    Josh – Thanks for your work on hemophilia awareness. Although my son, Cole, with severe hemophilia would love to play football (he can’t) he does play ice hockey and is also an inline skate racer. Staying active with safer sports promotes strong and healthy joints. Keep up the advocacy.

  • mary hurt

    Thanks for helping to shine the light and bring more awareness to hemophilia. Your work and passion willl help many. Yes, let’s work to find a cure and help these youngsters to live life to fullest.

  • Lisa Grasshoff

    Josh, Thank you very much for your dedication to bring national awareness to hemophilia and the bleeding disorders community. We appreciate your efforts and look forward to a long term relationship with you. My family has von Willebrand disease which is the most common bleeding disorder; yet the most undiagnosed. Both hemophilia and von Willebrand disease need national attention and on behalf of my family, thank you.

  • Nolan Andrews

    Thank you for helping me and all the other boys with hemophilia

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