Todd Gurley is one of the NFL’s brightest young suns. The 21 -year-old Los Angeles Rams running back enjoyed a sensational rookie season in 2015, amassing over 1,100 grounds racing in only 13 competitions while deserving a Second-Team All-Pro selection and AP Offensive Rookie of the Year honors.
In doing so, the Baltimore native mounted an NFL record by guiding for 566 gardens in his first four job starts. The Huffington Post caught up with Gurley, the 10 th select in last year’s draft, examined the Rams’ move to L.A ., why player refuge isn’t so simple and how he proliferated to appreciate Kobe Bryant.
Please note that this interview was imparted before the NFL Draft, and before the Rams selected Jared Goff firstly overall .
Oh yeah for sure. In high school, one of my close friends[ is sleeping at the pedal] and passed away in a car accident driving back on the way home. I have another friend who’s in college now, a couple of weeks ago the same various kinds of incident happened. Going home, driving, descends sleeping, and he got shed out of the car. I feel like it’s obviously an important issue to express their views on, that it can happen to anyone. Because it can.
You preserved a serious knee trauma in college. Did that affect the mode you look at something like this, in terms of how quickly the routine can be taken away?
Oh yeah most definitely. Like you said, growing up everyone is of the view that they’re Superman, and the next concept you know, the next day I can’t even lift my knee up. It certainly placed life in perspective and constitutes you appreciate thoughts a lot more.
What has been the best, most enduring patch of admonition that you’ve received since you were drafted?
I’d say the main thing that older participates and tutors tell you is “do what got you here, ” and simply keep working hard. Circumvent yourself with good people.
Yeah, it’s joke, Case[ Keenum ], our quarterback, was just saying “Man, you’re a lot further along than you were last year at this time.” Last year I was doing all that rehab, misdirection substance. So I’ve had a chance to have a real offseason, rest my form, and now I’m back moving around and doing much more nonsense than I was able to do last year because of my knee injury.
Despite the harm and despite missing the first four plays, you enjoyed extraordinary success. What is the next step for your progression as a reigning actor in this conference ?
My biggest concept I say is: I play running back, that’s what I do is run the projectile. So I can definitely get better at a lot of things, especially without me having the projectile, whether it’s play-faking or pass protecting, getting out on my roads faster, going out of the backfield — anything without the projectile.
Three rookies earned Pro Bowl nods — one of them was Marcus Peters, then you two are the other together with Tyler Lockett in Seattle. It’s rare to find success earlier today. We as love hear the same stuff all the time: the velocity of video games is dramatically different. Holes plainly are not there. How is that the occasion ?
Oh it emphatically changed tremendously. Like “youve said”, the holes are there but they’re only there for a speedy second. I tell everybody else that it’s best available of the best.
Are the hits different then as well ?
They’re different, but you kind of get used to getting hit being a running back.
A couple of places, yeah. I don’t think they’re everywhere hitherto, but we’ll get them there.
Will you miss St. Louis ?
I don’t know, being. I chilled there, I liked St. Louis but there’s not much to do. The fans and the people were good.
How is your consolation tier to its implementation of understanding the offense?
I’m more of a person I have to get my reps. I can get it from the book, but once you get in video games and stuff is emanating full speed, a lot of things change. I’m more of a guy who has to practice and actually envisage it, and be in there and get those reps.
How did it given the game in perspective when you were not able to play ?
In the NFL you certainly acknowledge video games a lot more. You surely want to play every performance like it’s your last, especially when you’ve been through that situation before and you already is well aware. When you’re operating that ball you want to make sure you run it hard to protect yourself. It’s football, injuries happen and I don’t even think about injuries when I’m playing, because you know that’s just an integrated part of the game.
I don’t know. I think it’s very difficult, especially when you have defensive people croaking full speed. Then the quarterback hurls the projectile, and the league expects the people to just stop on a dime. It’s not that simple-minded. You don’t want to keep the defensive musicians from being aggressive. Yeah, there are some people that hold back on it, but at the end of the day it’s football.
Now that you’re in L.A ., have you watched Kobe at all ?
I did grow up a hoops fan. It’s amusing, and beings are perhaps going to hate me, but for a while I didn’t actually like Kobe at first because he was so good. Eventually I was like “Man this buster is good, ” so I didn’t have any selection but to like him. I’m a big Carmelo fan and a Duke fan, so I grew up watching those guys.
You told Duke? You know, Kobe said if he didn’t go to the NBA he was going to Duke .
Exactly. Who wouldn’t play for the best coach in Coach K?
What is the one individual objective you want to accomplish ?
I try not to get too caught up in the goals, but of course everybody wants to be the leading rusher. So that’s certainly one of the objectives of mine.
This interview has been edited and condensed in the interests of clarity .
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