Former LA Rams running back Todd Gurley was once the star of the show when the Rams relocated back to the city of Los Angeles after a prolonged chapter in St. Louis, Missouri. Before the big move, the Rams had selected the former star from Georgia with the 10th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.
The honors would immediately begin to roll in. He was named the NFL Rookie of the Year in 2015. He followed up that honor by being named Offensive Player of the Year in 2017, the first year with LA Rams head coach Sean McVay. He was the engine that could for the LA Rams offense, a runner who was so very dangerous that play-action would freeze defensive backs, creating separation for the team’s receivers.
He would go on to earn three Pro Bowl selections in 2015, 2017, and 2018. Then the wheels came off of a once-promising career. Or rather, the knees.
The Rams released Gurley in 2019 and did so for very good reasons. Eventually, he would sign a one-year deal with the Atlanta Falcons in 2020. After one season in Atlanta, a bit underwhelming by Gurley’s standards but still quite productive in terms of scoring, the lights would go out. It appears that the role of Todd Gurley’s life in professional football would unceremoniously end. By the age of 27 years old, his NFL career is all but over.
Without question, Gurley was the first signature star for the LA Rams. Along with head coach Sean McVay, All-Pro defensive lineman Aaron Donald, and young quarterback Jared Goff, the Rams would have an incredible 13-3 record in 2018 and earn their way to represent the NFC in Super Bowl LIII. They would lose to the Death Star, the New England Patriots, by a strangely coincidental score of 13-3. Ironically, the game was played in Gurley’s home state of Georgia.
Endorsements and post-NFL life
The former star running back also racked up big endorsement deals upon the Rams’ return to Southern California. Gatorade, Nike, and Carl’s Jr. would come calling as his professional profile began to rise. Endorsement deals for professional athletes can pad the wallet quickly, and Todd Gurley was both recognized and respected nationwide for his incredible performances on the gridiron.
Life now is different, but Gurley has taken a shine to life away from the NFL. He is now a part-owner of the Fan Controlled Football League’s Beast, and while he is content with his new professional endeavors, he is quick to point out he is happy away from the gridiron.
"“There was never not one time where I watched a game and was like, ‘I wish I was out there,’” Gurley told NBC LX. “I appreciated my time in the league and I’ve done things I could have never even dreamed about.”- Todd Gurley as quoted by Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk of NBC Sports"
While happy for his former teammates’ success, life has been good for Todd Gurley, on and off the field. For football fans, the memories are only good ones. For the Los Angeles Rams, they are only the best.