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Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon is having a great season, but he gets a well-deserved break on Thanksgiving. 

Kenosha native Melvin Gordon is a busy man.

The former Bradford football star is preparing for his fifth season as the Los Angeles Chargers’ featured running back. The team began mandatory minicamp Tuesday, and after this week players won’t practice again until training camp begins in late July.

That gives Gordon, who’s earned two Pro Bowl selections in his career and last season competed in the playoffs for the first time, time to give back to communities important to him.

On Saturday, Gordon — who starred at the University of Wisconsin after Bradford — and former college teammate James White, a Super Bowl champion running back for the New England Patriots, will be conducting a youth football clinic at the McClain Center in Madison.

In July, Gordon and former Bradford teammate Trae Waynes, now a cornerback with the Minnesota Vikings, will collaborate on a dodgeball tournament to be held at Mahone Middle School.

On Monday, a day before he started minicamp with the Chargers, Gordon took time to chat with Kenosha News sports editor Mike Johnson.

For the Q-and-A, see Page B1.

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