Two-Time All-Pro Todd Gurley Retires at 28

Former Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley
Former Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley
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NFL Week 7 - Former Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley has effectively announced his retirement. Speculation around Gurley's status began on October 18 after he began thanking former NFL players on Twitter. On October 20, during an interview with NFL Network's Andrew Siciliano, the anchor brought the recent string of tweets to Gurley. 

When asked if Gurley was "calling it quits," he simply responded, "I don't think there's any question about that one."

As for the tweets themselves, Gurley said he just wanted to show gratitude to those that came before him in the game of football.

"We don’t show the love like we’re supposed to,” said Gurley in the interview with Siciliano. “I just wanted to let those guys know that I appreciate them for everything that they’ve done for me, just at an inspirational level.”

Gurley was drafted by the St. Louis Rams 10th overall in the 2015 NFL Draft. He finished his rookie campaign with an 1,106-yard, 10-touchdown season, good enough for an Offensive Rookie of the Year title and the fourth-best rushing DYAR in football that season. Gurley followed that season up two years later with an Offensive Player of the Year campaign in 2017 under first-year head coach Sean McVay, finishing second in MVP voting to Tom Brady. Gurley then led the league in DYAR and DVOA in 2018, spearheading the Rams' league-leading 20.6% offensive rushing DVOA.

In 2019, Gurley saw a dip in production due to lingering knee issues, eventually being released in March of 2020. He played one year on the Atlanta Falcons in 2020, starting each of the 15 games he appeared in. 

Comments

10 comments, Last at 24 Oct 2022, 4:42pm

#1 by ImNewAroundThe… // Oct 21, 2022 - 6:53pm

ANY/RA

  • '15: 5.5*
  • '16: 3.4
  • '17: 5.3*+
  • '18: 6.1*+
  • '19: 4.5
  • '20: 4.4

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#2 by Lost Ti-Cats Fan // Oct 21, 2022 - 7:00pm

If your kid has talent, don't let him play running back.

I wonder if there's any chance that the next collective bargaining agreement would shorten the rookie rules for RBs?  Man, do they get hosed under the current CBA.

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#3 by Stendhal1 // Oct 21, 2022 - 7:17pm

If it hasn’t already, the economics of pro football positions will trickle down into the high school ranks.  The most talented skill players will vie to be wide receivers rather than running backs.  Kids aren’t dumb.

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#4 by dank067 // Oct 21, 2022 - 8:59pm

We'll see. There are still going to be extremely talented high school and college running backs who just don't have the body type or specific type of athleticism that you need to play wide receiver in the NFL, let alone college. Think of someone like Chase Brown at Illinois right now. Their NFL earning potential will be muted (especially if their college coach insists on giving them 41 carries in a single game, which just happened to Brown...), but those RBs can still be very valuable to college teams in a way that the vast majority of NFL RBs are not, and we may finally be entering a world where those guys can make some real money in college.

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#6 by theslothook // Oct 21, 2022 - 11:14pm

I think this is correct. Unfortunately, the NFL is also selective by the type of athleticism and natural build of the player. Just as its impossible to expect an NFL player to join the NBA, it is similarly impossible for Kevin Durant to play anything in the NFL.

Running backs, even at depressed bad prices, is still an extremely high paying career choice so it will always attract talent. I just wish the NFLPA would realize just how completely boned they've let the position become. 

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#7 by Chuckc // Oct 22, 2022 - 9:45am

At some point I think something is going to have to be done about college coaches who know they don't have to worry about a player's long term durability and are happy to grind their best players into dust.

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#8 by Raiderfan // Oct 23, 2022 - 10:02am

College coaches?  What about their NFL counterparts?

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#10 by ChrisS // Oct 24, 2022 - 4:42pm

In reply to by Raiderfan

They get paid, above the table and a bit more,  for football at the NFL level

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#9 by RickD // Oct 24, 2022 - 2:40pm

There are a lot of young guys who can be great RBs but don't have the ability to be great WRs.

The RB position rewards power a lot more than the WR position does.  So guys built to blast through lines will succeed at doing that when they might not be great at route running.

Guys like Deebo Samuel are extreme exceptions.

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#5 by Will Allen // Oct 21, 2022 - 9:55pm

Made 49 million in his career. I suspect he hasn't spent it. Thank goodness he went top 10 in the draft; rbs who go after the 1st round are just cannon fodder.

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