The 2018 Los Angeles Rams made the Super Bowl with an incredibly balanced team of young core superstars and veteran free-agent signings, all led by head coach phenom Sean McVay. There are plenty of big names on this team; otherworldly defensive tackle Aaron Donald and quarterback/former first overall pick Jared Goff, to name a few. But if asked to name a player for this Rams team, there's a good chance the first name you'll think of is running back Todd Gurley.
Gurley, a former high draft pick in his own right, has been the face of the Rams offense since he entered the NFL, in both good and bad seasons and across state lines. Gurley is one of the best running backs in football and one of the biggest reasons the 2018 Rams were as dominant as they were - even if injury has thrown his future workload into question.
Still, Gurley is an elite talent in the NFL, and he has a lot of guaranteed money coming to him in the next several years in just his mid-20s. How much is the Rams star worth?
Todd Gurley's Net Worth
Sources vary on how much Todd Gurley is worth. Celebrity Net Worth, for example, estimates that he is worth $4 million. However, considering part of Gurley's 2018 salary included a $21 million signing bonus on a contract extension, that may not be accurate.
Whatever the figure may be, expect it to increase, and soon. Gurley will be playing on the fifth-year option of his rookie contract in 2019, and after that his contract extension (which guarantees him $45 million) will kick in.
Todd Gurley's Career
Like so many NFL stars of his caliber, Gurley was a star athlete in several different sports from a young age, track and field in particular. But he decided to make football his main sport, and as one of the most heavily recruited running backs in the country he decided to commit to the University of Georgia.
Gurley became the starting running back for the Bulldogs quickly in his true freshman season and established himself as a star immediately as Georgia went 11-1. After falling to Alabama for a chance at the SEC Championship, they faced Nebraska in the 2013 Citrus Bowl. Gurley scored a touchdown in the 45-31 Bulldogs win, and ended the season with 1,385 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns across all 14 games. He was named to the All-SEC First Team.
His sophomore year didn't see as much action, but Gurley still rushed for 985 yards in 10 games, while also contributing a great deal more as a receiver than he did his freshman year. The Bulldogs regressed this season as they lost the Gator Bowl 24-19 to Nebraska. Gurley scored the team's lone touchdown on a pass.
Gurley impressed greatly in the six games he played his junior year, but it was a rough season for him. He received a four-game suspension for an NCAA rules violation, and upon returning to the team he tore his ACL.
Todd Gurley and the Rams
After his junior year, Gurley decided to declare for the NFL Draft. Though still rehabbing his ACL tear, he was drafted 10th overall in 2015 by the Rams, at the time still playing in St. Louis.
Fortunately for the Rams, that rehabilitation went phenomenally well, and by late September 2015 Gurley was able to make his season debut with the team. That game, he rushed six times for just 9 yards. The next week, he started the game and rushed 19 times for 146 yards, the first of four consecutive games for him with 100 yards rushing. Gurley would end up starting the final 12 games of the season, rushing for 1,106 yards with 10 touchdowns. These stats helped him make his first Pro Bowl and win NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. The team around him, though, went just 7-9.
Following the 2015 season, the Rams officially made their move to Los Angeles. Their first season back in California was a great struggle, one that saw Gurley's numbers take a noticeable dip. Despite starting all 16 games and rushing 49 more times than in his rookie year, Gurley rushed for just 885 yards. He never rushed for more than 85 yards in a single game, and the team went 4-12, leading to the firing of head coach Jeff Fisher.
2017, though, saw new opportunities for Gurley. Fisher was replaced with Sean McVay, who set to work reinventing the offense. Gurley started slow in the first game of the season but came on strong, and in week three rushed for 113 yards and two touchdowns against the 49ers. Gurley then rushed for 121 yards in week four, 116 in week six and 106 in week seven. The new and improved offense and offensive line helped Gurley get more opportunities, and in addition to a new high in 1,305 rushing yards (second in the league), he led the league with 13 rushing touchdowns. He also reinvented himself as a dual threat by becoming one of the best pass-catching running backs in football with 788 receiving yards and six touchdown catches as well.
Gurley's renaissance mirrored that of his team, as the Rams surprised football to go 11-5 and win the NFC North. The team faced Matt Ryan and the Falcons in the Wild Card round. Despite Gurley's great game (101 rushing yards on 14 carries) the team lost 26-13.
In the offseason following that loss, the Rams set out to create a powerhouse team with new additions, but with the offense still centering around Gurley. Prior to the first preseason game of 2018, the Rams signed Gurley to a contract extension. He rewarded the team with another fantastic season, establishing a new high with 17 rushing touchdowns as he once again led the league. He reached over 100 rushing yards in six games during the regular season, the highlight being a 208-yard, two-touchdown performance in a win against Denver.
Having clinched a playoff spot early, Gurley sat out the last two games of the season to rehabilitate a knee injury. In their first playoff game, Gurley rushed for 115 yards on 16 attempts, leading the Rams past the Cowboys. But in the NFC Championship Game against Drew Brees and the Saints, he saw extremely limited action, though the team downplayed concerns of a more serious injury. In the Super Bowl against Tom Brady and the Patriots, Gurley was both limited and ineffective when he saw the field, as the Rams fell 13-3. After the season, it was announced that Gurley has been dealing with arthritis in his knee.
Todd Gurley's Contract: How Much Does He Make?
According to Spotrac, in Gurley's first four seasons he has made nearly $33.5 million in cash earnings. Most of that came not from his rookie contract, but the $21 million signing bonus he received with his contract extension.
In 2019, Gurley will be playing on the final year of his rookie contract, making $5 million. After that, his extension will go into effect. Gurley's contract extension is for four years worth up to $60 million, with $45 million of that guaranteed. Should Gurley get his full contract (which is admittedly up in the air with the revelation of the degenerative condition of his knee arthritis) at the completion of his 2023 season he will have made nearly $83 million in cash earnings.
Todd Gurley's Endorsements
Though Gurley has been in the league just four years, he has racked up his share of lucrative endorsement deals.
In addition to the commercials for the NFL and Madden expected of a star of Gurley's caliber, he has also done ads for Carl's Jr., Gatorade, Campbell's Soup, Jolly Ranchers, Microsoft (MSFT - Get Report) , Pepsi (PEP - Get Report) and Pizza Hut. In the case of Pizza Hut, Gurley appeared in a commercial with his teammate and quarterback Jared Goff.
Todd Gurley's House
After just one year playing in Los Angeles (his second in the league), Gurley made his home there. In the summer of 2017, the LA Times reported that Gurley had bought a mansion within a gated community in Chatsworth, Calif., for more than $1.8 million.
The house, approximately 5,200 square feet, boasts five bedrooms and five bathrooms with an outdoor swimming pool and waterfall slide.
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