Two-Time All-Pro Todd Gurley Retires at 28
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.