Former Georgia star and Falcons running back Todd Gurley retires

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One of the greatest Georgia Bulldogs is retiring from the NFL. Todd Gurley, who played five seasons for the Rams and one for the Falcons, says he’s done playing football to NFL Network’s Andrew Siciliano.

Gurley finishes his NFL career with over 6,000 rushing yards, scoring an astonishing 79 total touchdowns. He made two All-Pro teams, three Pro Bowls, and was named Offensive Rookie of the Year and NFL’s Offensive Player of the Year. Unfortunately, he suffered from knee issues that limited him during his last years with the Rams and during the 2020 season with Atlanta. With the Falcons, Gurley rushed for 678 yards and nine touchdowns in 15 games.

Coming out of North Carolina, Gurley was a highly-touted recruit and became a star overnight in Athens. He burst onto the scene as a freshman, posting a modest 1,385 yards and 17 touchdowns on the ground.

Over three seasons with the Dawgs, Gurley ran for 3,285 yards and 36 touchdowns, leaving Georgia as a two-time All-SEC selection and having the second-most rushing yards throughout three seasons in program history — later passed by Nick Chubb. He also set the record for yards per rush average with a minimum of 500 carries (6.44).

Todd Gurley’s career was hampered by knee injuries, which began at UGA. Still, he’ll always be a legend in the state of Georgia, even if he didn’t exceed expectations with the Falcons.

Photographer: Todd Kirkland/Icon Sportswire
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