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COSTA MESA,Authentic Vernon Hargreaves III Jersey, Calif. -- He's free.

The man responsible for helping Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon III reach the NFL -- his father Melvin Gordon Jr. -- will watch the talented running back in person as a pro for the first time when the Chargers host the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday at the StubHub Center.

Known as Bo,Authentic Noah Spence Jersey, Melvin Jr. was found guilty of trafficking cocaine and sentenced in District Court to 10 years in prison. Melvin Jr. served his time at a federal correctional institution in Elkton,Womens Roberto Aguayo Jersey, Ohio. His sentence was later reduced and he was released last December.

Bo couldn't watch Chargers' games in the Midwest,Womens Donovan Smith Jersey, so he had to settle on watching highlights of his son after the game was over. Gordon said his father has been in attendance at most of the Chargers' practices with wife Carmen at the Jack Hammett Sports Complex, and is looking forward to watching him play this weekend. Gordon kept in regular contact with his father while in prison through texts and daily emails.

"It means a lot to have my dad out here," Gordon said. "I'm definitely excited to have him out here and see me go. I think it will be a good one.

"I know that he's happy that he can be a part of it now and don't get left out of the loop."

Gordon said he bought his father two No. 28 jerseys,Authentic Ali Marpet Jersey,  a navy blue and white one.

Speaking of jerseys, Gordon was rebuffed because the league already has produced its jersey inventory for the season, Gordon inquired about the possibility of switching to his old No. 25 from his days at Wisconsin after the Chargers released safety Darrell Stuckey. However, Authentic Donovan Smith Jersey,so he will stick with No. 28.

"I actually asked them about it today but they said it was too late," Gordon said. "I told myself if I go three years in it (No. 28) I don't want to change it. I'm trying to get the 'III' on the back of my jersey too,Womens Vernon Hargreaves III Jersey but they said I have to wait until next year to do that."

Gordon credits his father for giving him the motivation and drive to pursue his dream of making the NFL,Authentic Roberto Aguayo Jersey,running him through drills and lifting weights as a grade-schooler. Gordon's father also introduced him to video of Walter Payton,Womens Ali Marpet Jersey, Barry Sanders and other great NFL running backs for his son to emulate.

"I embedded it in his head that he was going to the NFL,,Womens Noah Spence Jersey," Melvin Jr. told ESPN The Magazine. "Almost like Floyd Mayweather's dad. He trained his son from the time he was a baby, and look at him now. It's the same thing with Melvin."

Selected No. 14 overall by the Chargers in the 2015 draft, Gordon struggled his rookie season, failing to get into the end zone and fumbling six times.

However,000 yards rushing in 2016, Gordon turned things around last year. He finished with 12 total touchdowns and came just three yards short of 1, earning his first Pro Bowl invitation.