7 Sonny Gordon

Sonny Gordon Ohio State
usa United States
Middletown, OH
High School
Past Teams
Ohio State
1983, 1984, 1985, 1986

Post-OSU Update: Sonny Gordon was selected with the 157th overall pick (6th round) of the 1987 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. Gordon never played with the Bengals, but did play seven games for Tampa Bay in 1987. He later played three years in the CFL. Gordon married and had two children. In April of 2023, Gordon passed away from ALS. (updated: Jan. 2024)

Major: Mechanical Engineering (1985-86), Computer Engineering (1984), Electrical Engineering (1983)

Jersey #: 7 (1984-86), 39 (1983)

Weight: 192 (1986), 188 (1985), 187 (1984), 174 (1983)

1986 Media Guide: Elected defensive captain of the 1986 Buckeyes … became a start in 1984 … has played 33 games over a three-year period and has 23 starts … his 673 career minutes of playing time is tops on the team … has quick reactions and good strength … the only senior in a backfield that has been together for three years.

1985: Made 68 tackles, intercepted three passes, batted down three and blocked a punt.

1985 Media Guide: Lifts 500 pounds and presses 320.

1984: Started 11 games and played a total of 319 minutes … tied for the team lead in interceptions with four and made 64 tackles … led the team in touchdown saves with five.

1984 Media Guide: Has added 13 pounds and considerable strength due to a vigorous weight training program.

1983: Won a letter as a reserve cornerback.

High School: Was an all-Ohio safety, coached by Bill Conley, now an Ohio State football assistant … started two years as a wide receiver and was a regular safety one season … had an 89-yard punt return at Middletown High … lettered in three sports and captained the football and track teams.

Personal: Hobbies are reading and music … from a family of six … admires Jack Tatum and Todd Bell.


SeasonTeamGGSTklSoloAsstTFLTFL YdsSacksSack YdsFFFRIntInt YdsPBUBlkDef TDPRPR YdsPR Avg
1983Ohio State9072500000000000000
1984Ohio State1211644123230011446400000
1985Ohio State1212683830370011337310155.0
1986Ohio State131394544073111724739000000