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Former UGA running back Todd Gurley is readying to make his debut with his new NFL team, the Atlanta Falcons.

DN90: UGA fans continue to anticipate Todd Gurley’s Atlanta Falcons debut

Brandon Adams

Georgia football fans can get a quick update on the latest news involving the Bulldogs each day with DN90. DawgNation’s Brandon Adams provides all the latest UGA happenings on video in about 90 seconds. So follow along as Kirby Smart and the rest of the Bulldogs attempt to lead UGA to a national championship, and get up-to-the-minute UGA recruiting news as well. On this edition of DN90, the discussion focuses on former Georgia running back Todd Gurley — who is practicing this week with his new NFL team, the Atlanta Falcons.

DN90: UGA fans continue to anticipate Todd Gurley’s Atlanta Falcons debut

There are some Georgia fans who think the home-state NFL team hasn’t done enough over the years to bring in former Bulldogs players to its roster.

Those that feel that way — along with every other UGA fan — had reason to celebrate this offseason when Atlanta announced it had signed former UGA running back Todd Gurley.

Gurley’s coach at UGA, Mark Richt, spoke for many of those fans when he tweeted about the Falcons addition of Gurley back in March.

“If I’m a Falcons fan or a Georgia fan I’m jumping for joy right now,” Richt said. “Welcome back Todd Gurley!”

Gurley isn’t originally from Georgia. He grew up in Tarboro, N.C., but Gurley is closely associated with The Peach State due to his success playing for UGA from 2012-14.

Gurley was an All-SEC performer in 2012 and 2013, and he remains one of the most popular Bulldogs players in recent history.

This was true even before he became a top NFL running back — including winning Rookie of the Year and becoming a two-time All-Pro.

Gurley — who celebrated a birthday this week — still has strong ties to his former college program. He even made a brief cameo appearance in four-star UGA running back signee Kendall Milton’s commitment video last July.

Now he’s back in the state where he played college football, but he’s playing for more than just the fans that cheered him while at UGA.

The Falcons are beginning the process of training camp while also attempting to manage the coronavirus. Gurley spoke with reporters about that process this week and offered a strong response in particular regarding his lack of selfish ambitions.

“You must not have watched one of my interviews for the last five years,” Gurley told a reporter. “I don’t do personal goals.”

Gurley made it clear he wants to get back to the Super Bowl — a game he played in with his old team, the Los Angeles Rams, in 2018.

The Falcons might seem like they’re a long way from that goal after only posting a 7-9 record in 2019, but the presence of Gurley — if he’s healthy — could be a catalyst for improvement.

For more on what Gurley said about his preseason preparations for his Atlanta Falcons debut, check out the latest edition of DN90, linked above.




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