Browns receivers mentored by Irvin

Browns receivers mentored by Irvin
November 6, 2013, 11:30 pm
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Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon (12) celebrates his touchdown with teammate Greg Little (18) during the first half of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013.

(AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)

If Browns receivers Josh Gordon and Greg Little looked like playmakers on Sunday against the Ravens, maybe part of the reason is they are being mentored by “The Playmaker.”

That was the nickname of Hall of Fame receiver Michael Irvin, who has been offering advice to several young NFL players, Gordon and Little among them.

"I talked to the guys, all of the guys, about spending their resource not towards their history, but towards their destiny,” Irvin said, as reported by The Plain Dealer. “A lot of times, that’s something that we find ourselves doing. … I stay in contact with those guys, Greg Little and Josh Gordon and all of these guys, making sure that I try to guide them and lead them the best I [can]. ''

Both of the Browns receivers have experienced some bumps in their paths — Gordon failed a drug test and was suspended two games this season, and Little missed his senior year at North Carolina for agent-related NCAA violations — which is something Irvin knows a lot about. He was suspended for five games while with the Cowboys in 1996 after pleading no contest to cocaine possession.

Little said: “Anytime I see Mike, he always has words of wisdom for me.”

Irvin had words of wisdom for all of the Browns on Wednesday, addressing the team — at the invitation of Cleveland coach Rob Chudzinski, a former teammate at the University of Miami — for more than an hour.

Part of his advice, speaking as someone who has had drug issues, was this: "Don’t allow somebody to give you something in 15 minutes that’ll cost you 15 years.''