The 2016 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl will be Eddie Gordon's last game as a member of the Ragin' Cajuns, and he wants to make memories that last a lifetime.

This is Gordon's third year with Louisiana and his second New Orleans Bowl experience. He loved his first trip to the Superdome in 2014, even though he wasn't able to directly affect the outcome of the game.

"I'm excited to go back. I had a blast the first time, didn't start or play, but I'm looking forward to playing in this one," Gordon said.

As one of the senior leaders on the team and an anchor in the middle of the offensive line, Gordon has a chance to leave his mark on the bowl game and the 2016 season as a whole.

The ride to this point wasn't exactly smooth either. A few narrow losses put the Cajuns behind the eight ball, facing an uphill climb to reach bowl eligibility.

It took until the last game of the season against ULM to punch their ticket to another New Orleans Bowl, but Gordon thinks the journey only makes the destination, and the 2016 season, more sweet.

"It was tough at times, but I wouldn't trade it for the world," Gordon said. "The way we fought through adversity and the tough times really made it special."

Louisiana rallied down the stretch and came together as a team to earn one more game, with a chance to bring home another New Orleans Bowl ring.

Leadership was key to their turnaround. Gordon pointed to guys like Al Riles, Otha Peters and the rest of the veterans for giving the Cajuns the push they needed to get over their early issues. Of course, Gordon was involved in the changes too.

"A lot of us seniors really brought this team together because we didn't really want to go out and not be able to go to a bowl game," Gordon shared.

Hopefully, Gordon's last game as a Cajun ends in familiar fashion, with Louisiana hoisting the New Orleans Bowl trophy in front of a sea of fans decked out in vermilion and white.