Todd Gurley seems to be totally comfortable with calling it a career on the football gridiron.
After having not played at all last NFL season, Todd Gurley seems to be okay with that being all she wrote for his brief, but brilliant, playing career.
Gurley first made a name for himself as a star running back for the Georgia Bulldogs from 2012 to 2014. After a 1,300-yard campaign as a true freshman in 2012, Gurley continued to marvel in a loaded Georgia backfield. However, a four-game suspension coupled with a devastating knee injury vs. Auburn in 2014 was ultimately what changed the course of his professional career.
Though the injury did not ruin his draft stock, as he went No. 10 overall to the then-St. Louis Rams, the knee remained a key concern throughout his early-to-mid-20s. Gurley was a three-time Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro with Los Angeles. Unfortunately, he was also-ran after the 2018 season. He played one more year in with the Rams and then with the 2020 Atlanta Falcons.
All the while, the soon-to-be 28-year-old seems to be in good spirits about his career being over.
If this is really it for him, then congratulations on all he achieved collegiately and professionally!
Todd Gurley seems to be comfortable with his playing career coming to an end
He told NBCLX.com last week that while it is possible he could return to the field at some point down the line, “there was never not one time where I watched a game and was like, ‘I wish I was out there. I appreciated my time in the league and I’ve done things I could have never even dreamed about.” For now, he is an owner in the Fan Controlled Football league, living his best life.
At his pinnacle, Gurley was a top-tier player in the NFL. He won the AP Offensive Player of the Year in 2017, finishing second to former New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in MVP voting. In his 2018 season with the Rams, Gurley played a huge role in getting Los Angeles back to the Super Bowl. Much of that Rams core won it all with Los Angeles four seasons later.
With over 6,000 rushing yards and 67 rushing touchdowns, Gurley should look back on his NFL career fondly. He did more than most players could ever hope to dream, albeit in such a short time. Gurley can rest easy, knowing he can be a goodwill ambassador forever at his alma mater and the NFL franchise he is best known playing for. However, we will all wonder what could have been…
The conversation about the knee will always follow whenever one talks about Gurley’s greatness.