Todd Gurley will be playing football in the state of Georgia once again, as the former Georgia star signed a one-year deal to play for the Atlanta Falcons.
And while many Georgia fans are thrilled about the move, there are some out there that are skeptical of the move, wondering why the Falcons would sign a running back that appears to be somewhat past his prime.
But as we explain in the video below, people who don’t want to see Gurley succeed with the Falcons are probably anti-fun.
Gurley gave Georgia fans plenty to celebrate during his time as a Bulldog, as he rushed for 3,285 yards and added 36 rushing touchdowns. And that’s despite missing multiple games in both his sophomore and junior seasons.
The Los Angeles Rams, then located in St. Louis, took Gurley with the No. 10 pick int he 2015 NFL Draft. He shined instantly, winning the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year Award. He was named an All-Pro three times and in 2017 won the NFL’s Offensive Player of the Year award.
Gurley also played a key part in leading the Rams to the Super Bowl during the 2018-19 season. But he began to suffer knee problems toward the end of that campaign. Gurley did have surgery on a torn ACL he suffered during his junior year.
Those knee issues continued into the 2019 season, where Gurley posted his lowest rushing total of his career. Factor in the monster contract the Rams were paying him — he signed a $60 million deal prior to the start of the 2018 season — and he just became too pricey and too dinged up for the Rams. They released him halfway through the contract he signed.
The Falcons figure to be a perfect landing spot for Gurley, as they released Devonta Freeman this offseason. Factor in that he’ll get to play with Julio Jones and Matt Ryan, and Gurley does have the possibility for a real bounce-back season.
And that would certainly excite a lot of Atlanta and Georgia fans. It’s not hyperbolic to say that Gurley might be the most popular player on the team next year. The Falcons haven’t had much of a history of signing or drafting Georgia Bulldogs, but signing Gurley and seeing him do well would make a number of Georgia fans forget about that.
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