Fall 2021 SS Magazine

Los Angeles Rams All-Pro RB Todd Gurley at Super Bowl: 'God means everything'

ATLANTA — No one found the end zone more than Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley during the 2018 NFL regular season. His 21 touchdowns (17 rushing, four receiving) led all players, and his 1,831 all-purpose yards (1,251 rushing, 580 receiving) were good for fifth in the NFL.

That production earned Gurley a second straight first-team All-Pro selection, and an invitation to his third career Pro Bowl. It was also a huge reason the Rams find themselves playing in the Super Bowl for the first time since 2001. L.A. faces New England in Super Bowl LIII on Sunday in Atlanta.

In speaking with the media this week, Gurley has mentioned how God has blessed him his whole life. On Thursday, Sports Spectrum asked the 24-year-old what God means to him.

“God means everything. Without Him, none of this is possible,” Gurley said. “Faith, family, football — I’m trying to keep that philosophy. He’s done so much. He’s blessed me, that’s why I am where I am, because He’s blessed me so much my whole life. What more can I ask for? He’s given me everything I wanted plus more. I’m super grateful for every opportunity I get and it’s just a blessing to be here.”

Gurley dealt with some knee issues toward the end of the regular season, but appeared completely healthy while rushing for 115 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries against Dallas in L.A.’s first playoff game. And he wasn’t on the injury report leading up to the NFC Championship Game against New Orleans, but Gurley only got five touches for 13 yards.

He said he wasn’t hurt and that it was just a “sorry” performance. Leading up to the Super Bowl, Rams head coach Sean McVay has assured everyone that his All-Pro running back is very much involved in the game plan, as the former Georgia star returns to the state of his collegiate glory.

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