Known for his fusion of speed and power that allows him to shake off tackles and pull away from defenders with ease or at least drag them a few extra yards before stopping, Todd Gurley has time and time again proven that he is a force to be reckoned with when he is fully fit. The running back played college football at the University of Georgia where he earned back to back All-SEC honors in 2012 and 2013 before joining the NFL in 2015 after he was selected by the St. Louis Rams with the 10th overall pick. The Baltimore native, who made three Pro Bowls and one Super Bowl appearance while with the Rams, has since gone on to play for the Atlanta Falcons.
Who is Todd Gurley?
Todd Gerome Gurley II was born on August 3, 1994, in Baltimore, Maryland but, however, grew up in Tarboro, North Carolina where he attended Tarboro High School. He was born to Darlene Simmons and Todd Gerome Gurley who raised him alongside their other children; Princeton, Shannon, Devin, and Tarik.
While studying at Tarboro High, Gurley began to make a name for himself as an athlete as he participated in three different sports; basketball, football, and track. In football, he performed exceptionally well as he notably helped his school win the 2A North Carolina State Championship title. In 2011, his senior year, he was named the North Carolina Associated Press Player of the Year after recording 2,600 yards and 38 touchdowns.
After graduating high school, Todd Gurley accepted a scholarship to attend the University of Georgia. He started off his college football career as a backup but that soon changed after one game where he recorded an impressive 100 rushing yards on 8 carries with 2 touchdowns and another 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
By the end of the year where he rushed for 1,385 yards on 222 carries with 17 rushing touchdowns, the Associated Press named him to the First-Team All-SEC. He managed Second-Team All-SEC honors in his sophomore year before entering into a junior year that was hampered by injury and suspension.
Todd was suspended for four games for violating NCAA rules. When he made his return, he tore his ACL which ended his season prematurely. The athlete would go on to forgo his senior year as he made himself available for the 2015 NFL Draft.
Details About His Professional Career and Injury Woes
Todd Gurley began his professional career after he was selected by the St. Louis Rams in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft. The running back went on to enjoy a prolific rookie season where he recorded 1,106 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns on 229 carries in just 12 games. As a result, he became the second rookie in the history of the Rams to make 1000 rushing yards with 10 touchdowns. He further received a Pro Bowl selection.
In 2016, Gurley was not able to replicate his performances from the previous season and this affected the Rams as the team had a record of 4-12. A change of head coach by the Rams at the beginning of the 2017 season proved to be helpful as Gurley appeared to have gotten his mojo back. His outstanding performances throughout the season helped him win the NFC Offensive Player of the Week and NFC Offensive Player of the Month award multiple times before he was eventually named the NFL Offensive Player of the Year at the end of the season.
Before the beginning of the 2018 season, the Rams awarded Todd Gurley a new four-year contract extension worth $60 million. This automatically made him the highest-paid running back in the annals of the National Football League as $45 million was guaranteed for the player. The athlete managed to keep up his performances with the team although he suffered a few injuries along the way. Gurley and the Rams went on to play in Super Bowl LIII against the New England Patriots where they were defeated 13–3.
In the 2019 season, it was revealed that Gurley had arthritis in his left knee. He, however, still managed to play the season, recording 857 rushing yards and 12 rushing touchdowns to go along with 31 receptions for 207 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns. This was not enough to secure his place on the team and so the Rams decided to release him.
With the 10th pick in the 2015 NFL Draft…
— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) March 19, 2020
In the following month, he penned down a one-year contract with Atlanta Falcons worth $5.5 million. The deal included a $2 million signing bonus and an incentive of $500,000 that he would claim if he registers 1,000 rushing yards or 13 touchdowns.
Notable Achievements By Todd Gurley
Todd Gurley has received numerous awards and honors over the course of his career. In his rookie season, he was named to the PFWA All-Rookie Team and was named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. The following year, he was ranked No. 22 in the NFL Top 100 Players of 2016. 2017 proved to be an even much better year as he bagged a couple of FedEx Ground Player of the Week awards before being named 2017 FedEx Ground Player of the Year. He also managed three NFC Offensive Player of the Week awards and two NFC Offensive Player of the Month awards before he was named 2017 NFL Offensive Player of the Year.
Other notable accomplishments include him ranking No. 6 in the NFL Top 100 Players of 2018 list, receiving three Pro Bowl selections in 2015, 2017, and 2018, and two First-team All-Pro selections in 2017 and 2018.
A Look at His Relationship Timeline
Todd Gurley is not yet married and has been private with details about his personal life, such that one can only find trifle information regarding his love life. The athlete has only been linked to one romantic partner in the past and his current relationship status is not known.
In January 2019, however, Gurley hinted that he might likely be single and ready to mingle when he posted a tweet asking for MacKenzie Benzos Instagram or Twitter account details. This raised several eyebrows as it was obvious that the athlete picked interest in Jeff Bezos’ ex-wife after learning about her alimony. It eventually turned out that the Atlanta Falcons running back was only giving a shout-out to MacKenzie and nothing serious.
Who got Mackenzie Bezos IG or Twitter?👀
— Todd Gurley II (@TG3II) January 9, 2019
Following his tweet about hooking up with MacKenzie, many of Todd Gurley’s fans assumed that he has called it quits with his long-term girlfriend, Olivia Davison. The two became an item while studying at the University of Georgia. They dated for a couple of years during which they made multiple public appearances together. The two, however, are yet to be spotted together since making their last appearance as a couple at the 2016 launch party for Gears of War 4. As a result, it is speculated that the duo are no longer romantically involved.
Olivia is an entrepreneur who runs the online clothing and accessory shop known as “Liv Lively”. She equally owns a Liv Lively salon in Bozeman, Montana.