Todd Gurley II – Los Angeles Rams #30

LA Rams #30

Todd Jerome Gurley II was born on 3rd August 1994, in Baltimore, Maryland.

Gurley played college football with the Georgia Bulldogs and set a benchmark in his first game against the Buffalo Bulls when he ran for 100 yards, scoring two touchdowns in the process. He finished his 2012 freshman season with 1,385 rushing yards and 17 rushing touchdowns, plus a further 117 receiving yards.

The following year he scored a career-high 154 rushing yards with two touchdowns in a loss to Clemson Tigers. He played four games fewer than his freshman season but the figures don’t really reflect that as he ended with 989 rushing yards with ten touchdowns and a significant improvement on receptions with a further 441 yards and six receiving touchdowns.

In his junior season, Gurley was suspended by the university after it was discovered he had been accepting money for autographs and memorabilia. He missed a total of four games after the NCAA suspended him for this violation of their rules and in his return game he tore his ACL meaning he only played in six games total, during which he tallied 911 yards for nine touchdowns plus a further 57 receiving yards.

He decided to forego his senior college year in favour of entering the 2015 NFL Draft. He was drafted by the (then) St Louis Rams as the tenth overall pick. Initially, he was eased into the teams running game as he recovered from his torn ACL the previous year but was soon showing why the Rams had made him the first running back to be picked in the draft. He finished his rookie season with 1,106 rushing yards and ten touchdowns despite making only twelve starts. He was selected for his first Pro Bowl and beat out Jameis Winston to win the Offensive Rookie of the Year Award.

2016 saw the Rams franchise back in Los Angeles and it was a poor season for Gurley by his standards and he finished the season with just 885 rushing yards, 327 receiving yards and six touchdowns. Still not terrible figures.

2017 saw a new man on the sidelines in Sean McVay and a return to form for Gurley, including a career-best performance against Seattle in Game Week 15. He hit three rushing touchdowns, another receiving touchdown while racking up 152 rushing yards and another 28 receiving yards. He was selected for his second Pro Bowl and was named NFL Offensive Player of the Year. He totalled 1,305 rushing yards and 788 receiving yards with nineteen total touchdowns!

2018 saw a similarly impressive output for Gurley, although the season ended on a low both personally and as a franchise as the Rams lost in the Super Bowl against the Tom Brady led New England Patriots. Before the season started, he signed a contract extension that made him the highest-paid running back in the NFL. In Game Week 10, Gurley set a new Rams record by scoring a touchdown in his thirteenth consecutive game.

The 2018 season drew towards a close with Gurley suffering recurring knee problems and he was held out of the last two regular-season games but came back in the Play-Off game against the Cowboys with 115 yards and a touchdown to help secure the win. However, in both the NFC Championship Game and the Super Bowl itself, Gurley struggled to get anything meaningful going and in March 2019 it was reported that he has arthritis in his left knee. He was also selected for his third Pro Bowl in four seasons.

He finished 2019 with 857 rushing yards and 207 receiving yards with a combined fourteen touchdowns and was released by the Rams in March of 2020. He has been signed by the Atlanta Falcons on a one-year, target incentive-driven contract