Top 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Todd Gurley! (NFL)


Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley
II was selected 10th overall in the 2015 NFL Draft. EverythingTop10 is proud to present, “The
Top 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Todd Gurley!” #10. Gurley is the youngest of Darlene Simmons’
four children. John Simmons, his mother’s husband and the
father of Gurley’s three older siblings, died before Gurley was born in Baltimore. Gurley’s biological father, Todd Gerome
Gurley, still lives in Baltimore, hence the Roman numeral II that the younger Gurley wears
on his jersey. #9. Because Gurley was so good at football when
he was six years old, a Pop Warner league in Baltimore made him play on his older brother’s
team, which consisted of kids aged nine to eleven. Gurley was the star of the team. His older brother sat on the bench and everybody
gave him grief about it. #8. Heading into high school, Gurley was planning
to not play football anymore. He said, “I was just going to chill. I wanted to play basketball. I decided that’s what I was going to focus
on. I’d played football my entire life. I was tired of it and didn’t want to play
anymore.” His decision changed when former Tarboro High
assistant coach Bo Robinson gave him so much grief about not playing football that he was
at practice the next day. #7. Gurley attended Tarboro High School in Tarboro,
North Carolina, where he was a three-sport star in football, basketball, and track. He played running back and defensive back
during his junior season, totaling 1,472 rushing yards and 26 touchdowns, as well as 79 tackles,
an interception, and a forced fumble. #6. He was also a world-class hurdler and sprinter
for the school’s track and field team. He competed for Team USA in the 110-meter
hurdles at the 2011 World Youth Championships in Athletics, where he placed 3rd in the prelims
with a career-best time of 13.66 seconds, but finished 15th overall in the semifinals. Also a top competitor in the 100-meter dash,
he ran a personal-best time of 10.70 seconds in the prelims of the 2011 NCHSAA 2A State
Track Meet, placing 2nd. #5. One of the luxuries Gurley did not have during
high school was cable TV, so he did not watch much college football. The first game he remembers watching was the
2006 Rose Bowl. He was much more interested in watching Duke
basketball, which was accessible on local TV, or his brother’s DVD collection of the
first 20 seasons of “The Simpsons.” Gurley is a big fan of Duke basketball, and
he played the “March Madness” video games as a kid and liked using the Blue Devils on
the game. The first team he really remembers watching
was the 2003-2004 Blue Devils, led by J.J. Redick, Luol Deng, and Shelden Williams. #4. Gurley was considered a four-star recruit
and was ranked as the fifth-best running back in his class. He committed to the University of Georgia
to play college football under then-head coach Mark Richt. On February 20, 2012, Randy Higgs, one of
Gurley’s closest friends, was killed in a car accident outside of Tarboro. A few days later, Gurley’s older brother,
Princeton, was arrested in Baltimore on charges of armed robbery and assault. #3. In 2012, against Georgia Southern, Gurley
became the second true freshman in Georgia history to rush for 1,000 yards, the only
other being Herschel Walker in 1980. In the spring of 2013, Gurley joined the Georgia
Bulldogs indoor track team. He competed in the 60-meter hurdles and recorded
the seventh-fastest time in school history at 8.12 seconds, to take 6th place at the
VT Elite Meet. #2. On October 9, 2014, he was indefinitely suspended
by the University of Georgia over an alleged violation of NCAA rules. It only took two days of investigation to
determine that he had received $3,000 over two years for signed autographs and memorabilia. He would miss the Missouri and Arkansas games
before the NCAA upheld its decision to suspend him for four total games. In his first game back from suspension, he
tore his ACL against Auburn, ending his junior season and his career at the University of
Georgia. He decided to forgo his senior season and
enter the 2015 NFL Draft. #1. Gurley likes eating Jolly Ranchers, and he
tweeted that Jolly Rancher Bites are his “addiction.” He was inspired by Adrian Peterson’s comeback. When Gurley was recovering from the torn ACL
he suffered in November 2014, he would watch videos of Adrian Peterson’s recovery, and
he found solace in seeing a player come back so quickly with so much success. Family members and teammates say Gurley likes
to joke around and talks constantly once you get to know him. But he is reserved and tries to deflect attention
to his teammates in public, especially when he is dealing with the media. He likes playing “Call of Duty”, and he
has been playing the games in the franchise since high school. He and his teammates bond over it, and they
have a “Call of Duty” Rams clan. That’s all folks! Please leave a like if you enjoyed the video
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