Gurley with the Rams in 2015
|Born:||August 3, 1994|
|Height:||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight:||224 lb (102 kg)|
(Tarboro, North Carolina)
|NFL Draft:||2015 / Round: 1 / Pick: 10|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2019|
|Player stats at PFR|
Todd Jerome Gurley II (born August 3, 1994) is an American football running back for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Georgia, where he earned All-SEC honors in 2012 and 2013. Gurley was drafted by the St. Louis Rams with the tenth overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. Despite missing three games due to a torn ACL suffered during his junior year at Georgia, Gurley rushed for 1,106 yards in his rookie season and was voted Offensive Rookie of the Year by the Associated Press. He was named NFL Offensive Player of the Year by the Associated Press following the 2017 season after scoring 19 offensive touchdowns.
While he made three Pro Bowls and a Super Bowl appearance with the Rams, Gurley's late-tenure became marred by leg injuries. Although he appeared in most of Los Angeles' games, his workload and production decreased, and he was released by the Rams just two years after signing a $60 million extension.
Gurley was born in Baltimore, Maryland. He attended Tarboro High School in Tarboro, North Carolina, where he was a three-sport star in football, basketball, and track. He played running back and defensive back for the Vikings during his junior season, totalling 1,472 rushing yards and 26 touchdowns, as well as 79 tackles, an interception, and a forced fumble. He was named Rocky Mount Telegram All-Area Offensive Player of the Year for the 2010 season. As a senior in 2011, he was the North Carolina Associated Press Player of the Year after totaling 2,600 yards and 38 touchdowns. Gurley helped the Vikings football team win the 2A North Carolina state championship, rushing for 242 yards and four touchdowns in the championship game against Lincolnton High School. During his junior year he led the Vikings to a state championship. During his sophomore year, he was Special Teams player on the 2009 State Championship team.
Gurley was also a world-class hurdler and sprinter for the school's track & field team. He competed for Team USA in the 110-metres hurdles at the 2011 World Youth Championships in Athletics, where he placed 3rd in the prelims with a career-best time of 13.66 seconds, but finished 15th overall in the semifinals. Also a top competitor in the 100-meter dash, he ran a personal-best time of 10.70 seconds in the prelims of the 2011 NCHSAA 2A State Track Meet, placing 2nd.
Gurley was considered a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, and was listed as the fifth best running back in his class. He committed to the University of Georgia to play college football under then-head coach Mark Richt.
|Name||Hometown||High school / college||Height||Weight||40‡||Commit date|
|Tarboro, NC||Tarboro High School||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)||205 lb (93 kg)||4.40||Jan 13, 2012|
|Recruiting star ratings: Scout: Rivals: 247Sports: ESPN:|
|Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 13 (RB) Rivals: 5 (RB) 247Sports: 6 (RB) ESPN: 22 (ATH)|
Gurley began his freshman season backing up redshirt sophomore Ken Malcome. In his first game against the Buffalo Bulls, he rushed for 100 yards on eight carries with two touchdowns and also had a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the home victory. Gurley took over as the starter the second game of the season against SEC East opponent Missouri and rushed for 65 yards on 10 carries.
In the 2012 season, Gurley started 12 of 14 games and rushed for 1,385 yards on 222 carries with 17 touchdowns. Against Georgia Southern, Gurley became the second true freshman in Georgia history to rush for 1,000 yards, the only other being Herschel Walker in 1980. After the season, Gurley was named First-Team All-SEC by the Associated Press. He was one of two true freshman running backs to accomplish this feat in 2012, the other being T. J. Yeldon of Alabama.
On August 31, in Georgia's season opener at Clemson's Memorial Stadium, Gurley led the Bulldogs with a career-high 154 rushing yards on 12 carries and two touchdowns. Even though the Bulldogs lost the game 38–35, Gurley had an impressive performance against Clemson which included a 75-yard touchdown run early in the first quarter. In 10 games, he rushed for 989 yards on 165 carries with 10 touchdowns. After the season, Gurley was named Second-Team All-SEC by the Associated Press.
In the spring of 2013, Gurley joined the Georgia Bulldogs indoor track team. He competed in the 60-meter hurdles, and recorded the seventh-fastest time in school history at 8.12 seconds, to take sixth place at the VT Elite Meet.
On October 9, 2014, Gurley was indefinitely suspended by the University of Georgia over an alleged violation of NCAA rules. It only took two days of investigation to determine that Gurley had received $3,000 over two years for signed autographs and memorabilia. Gurley missed the Missouri and Arkansas games before the NCAA upheld its decision to suspend Gurley for four total games. Gurley sat out for two more games until he was eligible to play against Auburn in their annual rivalry game. In his first game back from suspension in November, Gurley tore his ACL against Auburn, ending his junior season and his career at the University of Georgia. He finished the 2014 season with 911 rushing yards and nine touchdowns. Gurley decided to forego his senior season and entered the 2015 NFL Draft.
|Height||Weight||Arm length||Hand size||40-yard dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert jump||Broad||BP|
|6 ft 0 5⁄8 in
|31 1⁄2 in
|All values from NFL Combine|
Gurley was selected in the first round with the 10th overall pick by the St. Louis Rams in the 2015 NFL Draft. He was the first running back to be selected in that year's draft. Gurley's rehabilitation went ahead of schedule and during the team's preseason, while he did not play, he practiced without pads on. Soon after, Gurley was medically cleared for full contact by St. Louis team physicians.
On September 27, 2015, Gurley made his NFL debut against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was eased into action and finished the game with six rushes for nine yards in the 12–6 loss. The following week, the Rams visited the undefeated Arizona Cardinals for an NFC West divisional matchup. Gurley started slow with just two rushing yards at halftime, but rushed for 144 yards in the second half as the Rams edged the Cardinals by a score of 24–22. The next three games against the Green Bay Packers, Cleveland Browns, and the San Francisco 49ers would see Gurley rush for at least 128 rushing yards per game. He scored his first NFL touchdown on October 25, 2015 against the Browns. With 566 yards in his first four NFL starts, Gurley became the most prolific rusher in his first four NFL games since the AFL–NFL merger. Following the 27–6 win over the 49ers in Week 8, Gurley's jersey and cleats were inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
In Week 9, Gurley was held to 89 yards in the Rams' 21–18 overtime loss to the Minnesota Vikings. In Week 10, he was contained to just 45 rushing yards in a 37–13 loss to the Chicago Bears. In Week 11, Gurley rushed for 66 yards against the Baltimore Ravens and scored a touchdown in a 16–13 loss. In Week 12, Gurley was limited to 19 yards in a 31–7 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. The following week, he was held to 41 rushing yards on nine carries in a blowout loss at home in the second divisional matchup against the Arizona Cardinals. In Week 14, Gurley rushed for 140 yards in the Rams' 24–14 win over the Detroit Lions. In Week 15, Gurley rushed for 48 yards, scored a touchdown, and became the third rookie in Rams history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season (Jerome Bettis and Eric Dickerson) in a 31–23 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (in what was the franchise's last home game in St. Louis before moving to Los Angeles for the 2016 season). In Week 16, Gurley rushed for 85 yards in a 23–17 victory over the Seattle Seahawks, becoming the second Rams rookie, the first being Dickerson in 1983, to rush for 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Gurley finished his rookie year with 1,106 rushing yards and ten touchdowns on 229 attempts despite making only 12 starts (he sat out the Rams' season-ending loss at San Francisco). On December 22, 2015, Gurley was selected to be part of the 2016 Pro Bowl along with fellow Rams players defensive lineman Aaron Donald and punter Johnny Hekker. Gurley was one of the five rookies to be selected to the Pro Bowl, along with Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters, Seattle Seahawks wide receiver/kick returner Tyler Lockett, Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston. Gurley beat out Winston for NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, earning a decisive 27 votes to 17 for Winston. He was ranked 22nd by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2016.
In the Rams' first season back in Los Angeles, Gurley struggled in his second professional season. In the first two weeks of the 2016 season against the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks, Gurley was held to a combined 98 rushing yards. However, in Week 3 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Gurley had 28 carries for 85 yards and two touchdowns. His performance against the Buccaneers would be a season best. In Week 4, Gurley caught a season-long 33-yard pass from quarterback Case Keenum in the Rams' 17–13 victory over the Arizona Cardinals. In the remainder of the 2016 season, Gurley's best showing was 76 rushing yards against the Miami Dolphins in Week 11. The Rams finished the season with a 4–12 record. Gurley finished with 885 yards (17th in the NFL), 55.3 yards per game, a significant decline from the previous season, and six touchdowns.
Following the firing of Jeff Fisher and subsequent hiring of Sean McVay as new head coach, Gurley looked to rebound off of a down year which frustrated him with the Rams, prompting him to call the former playbook of the team similar to that of a "middle school offense". Gurley started the 2017 season with a solid performance against the Indianapolis Colts. He had 19 carries for 40 yards and a touchdown to go along with five receptions for 56 yards in the 46–9 victory. In a Week 2 game against the Washington Redskins, he had 16 carries for 88 yards and a rushing touchdown to go along with three receptions for 48 yards and a receiving touchdown in the Rams 27–20 loss. Gurley's breakout game of 2017 came in Week 3 against the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday Night Football. He ran for 113 yards and two touchdowns and caught five passes for 36 yards and one touchdown. He earned the NFC Offensive Player of the Month for September after recording 241 rushing yards, 140 receiving yards and six total touchdowns. Gurley's streak would continue in Week 4 against the Dallas Cowboys where he recorded 215 total yards with 121 rushing yards and 94 receiving yards and a touchdown in the Rams 35–30 upset win. Having been held without a receiving touchdown in his first 30 games, he now had one in each of his last three, and led the NFL in total touchdowns and yards-from-scrimmage. Gurley was then named NFC Offensive Player of the Week after his 215-yard game against the Cowboys. After logging just 43 yards on 14 rushing attempts in Week 5 against the Seattle Seahawks, in Week 6 Gurley recorded his third 100-yard rushing game of 2017 with 121 yards on 23 carries against the Jacksonville Jaguars. In Week 7, Gurley had yet another 100-yard game as 106 yards for 22 rushing attempts, 4 receptions, and 1 touchdown in the Rams 33–0 shutout victory over the Arizona Cardinals.
Following the Rams' Week 8 bye, Gurley's output became more balanced for the next five games: he averaged 62 rushing- and 54 receiving-yards per game, with 100+ yards from scrimmage in four of them, and recording three touchdowns (all rushing) over that time period. In Week 14, he had 96 rushing yards and two touchdowns on just 13 carries, along with 39 receiving yards in an impressive-but-losing effort against Philadelphia. In Week 15, Gurley had a career-best four touchdowns (three rushing, including a 57-yarder on 3rd and 20 with 30 seconds left in the first half) on 180 yards from scrimmage in a dominant 42–7 win over Seattle. He scored 24 total points in the game, which was the most for a single game by any player in the 2017 season. His performance in Week 15 earned him NFC Offensive Player of the Week. On December 19, 2017, Gurley was named to his second Pro Bowl as a starter. In Week 16, Gurley caught 10 passes for 158 yards and two touchdowns to go along with 122 rushing yards (1st and 3rd in the NFL that week respectively), earning him NFC Offensive Player of the Week for the second straight week. Gurley was also named the NFC Offensive Player of the Month for the second time that season. The playoff-bound Rams decided to have Gurley sit out the last game of the season against the San Francisco 49ers, allowing Kareem Hunt to win the title for rushing yards, but he still led the NFL with 13 rushing touchdowns, 19 total touchdowns, and 2,093 yards-from-scrimmage and all-purpose yards. He finished the season leading the league in scoring among non-kickers with 114 points. He was the 16th player in NFL history with a 750/750 rushing/receiving yard season (8th at 1300/750).
Gurley played his first career post-season game in the Wild Card Round against the Atlanta Falcons on January 6, 2018. Playing from behind most of the game, he had 14 carries for 101 yards in the 26–13 loss.
On April 24, 2018, the Rams exercised the fifth-year option on Gurley's contract. On July 24, 2018, Gurley signed a four-year, $60 million contract extension with the Rams with $45 million guaranteed, making him the highest-paid running back in the NFL.
Gurley scored the Rams' first touchdown of the season, taking a short pass from quarterback Jared Goff and going 19 yards to the end zone in a 33–13 victory against the Oakland Raiders on Monday Night Football. In Week 2, in the 34–0 victory over the Arizona Cardinals, Gurley recorded three rushing touchdowns for the second time in his professional career. In Week 3, Gurley had 23 carries for 105 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown to go along with five receptions for 51 receiving yards in the 35–23 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers. Gurley scored on an eight-yard pass from Goff for the Rams' first touchdown in 38–31 victory over the Minnesota Vikings in Week 4.
In Week 5, Gurley had 77 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns in the 33–31 victory over the Seattle Seahawks. In Week 6, Gurley ran for a career-high 208 yards and two touchdowns in a 23–20 win over the Denver Broncos, earning him NFC Offensive Player of the Week. In Week 7, against the San Francisco 49ers, he recorded two rushing touchdowns and a receiving touchdown. Gurley was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Month for the month of October after rushing for 462 yards and seven touchdowns and catching 16 passes for 157 yards and two touchdowns through four games.
With a 17-yard touchdown run during a Week 10 victory over the Seattle Seahawks, Todd Gurley set a new team record by scoring a touchdown in 13 straight games, breaking the mark set by Elroy "Crazy Legs" Hirsch. During a Week 12 matchup against the Detroit Lions, Gurley rushed for 132 yards and two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to help the Rams clinch their second straight NFC West title and was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week for the second time in 2018.
Gurley scored two rushing touchdowns in a 30–23 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 15. He was then held out of the final two regular season games due to knee inflammation and finished the 2018 season with 256 carries for 1,251 yards and 17 touchdowns rushing, along with 59 receptions for 580 yards and four touchdowns receiving. Gurley was also named to his third Pro Bowl in his four professional seasons. He was also named first-team All-Pro.
In the NFC Championship Game against the New Orleans Saints, Gurley struggled as he ran four times for 10 yards and a touchdown and had one catch for three yards in a 26–23 overtime victory to advance and play the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII. Leading up to the Super Bowl, Gurley's injury status was heavily discussed with reports claiming he was healthy while other reports claimed his knee was significantly more hurt than thought. In the Super Bowl, Gurley had ten carries for 35 rushing yards in the 13–3 loss to the Patriots. On March 2, 2019, it was reported that Gurley has arthritis in his left knee.
In Week 2 against the New Orleans Saints, Gurley rushed 16 times for 63 yards and his first touchdown of the season as the Rams won 27–9. In Week 4 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Gurley rushed five times for 16 yards and two touchdowns and caught seven passes for 54 yards in the 55–40 loss. In Week 5 against the Seattle Seahawks, Gurley rushed 15 times for 51 yards and two touchdowns in the 30–29 loss. At the midpoint of the season (through eight games), Gurley was tied for 29th in the NFL in rushing yards, in contrast to 2018 when he was the leader, and 2017 when he was fourth. In Week 11 against the Chicago Bears on Sunday Night Football, Gurley rushed 25 times for 97 yards and a touchdown and caught three passes for 36 yards in the 17–7 win.  Overall, Gurley finished the 2019 season with 857 rushing yards and 12 rushing touchdowns to go along with 31 receptions for 207 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns.
On April 6, 2020, Gurley signed a one-year, $3.5 million contract with the Atlanta Falcons. The deal included a $2 million signing bonus, as well as $500,000 in incentives if he reaches 13 touchdowns or 1,000 rushing yards.
|Led the league|
|AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year|