Former Georgia running back Todd Gurley said he never thought about foregoing the rest of the 2014 season after he served a four-game suspension for taking money for signing memorabilia even though his first game back resulted in a season-ending knee injury.
“I don't (have any regrets),” Gurley told media at the NFL combine on Thursday. “I did it because I love football. That's what I do. I've played football my whole life. Injuries come with the game. I wouldn't take that game back for nothing.”
Gurley had 29 carries for 138 yards and a touchdown against Auburn before he sustained a torn ACL in the fourth quarter on Nov. 15, ending what had the makings of a Heisman-contending season before the suspension.
Gurley finished the season with 911 rushing yards and nine touchdowns in just six games.
Gurley decided to skip his senior season to enter the draft for a variety of reasons, but it didn’t hurt that he had an insurance policy protecting his draft stock. A couple weeks before his injury, while he was still suspended, Georgia increased an insurance policy Gurley already had to $10 million — $5 million for total disability if Gurley was injured and never played again, and $5 million in loss of value insurance if he slipped in the NFL draft. The loss of value would kick in if Gurley slipped out of the first round of the 2015 NFL draft.
While Gurley was in Indianapolis to do interviews, he said he would not participate in any of the drills. He’ll work out for scouts during Georgia’s pro day on March 18.
Gurley did note that when he first suffered the injury, he was worried about how it would affect his playing future, but that he tried to turn that concern into motivation.
“I was a little bit worried, definitely was kind of sad,” Gurley said. “But at the end of the day I had to be positive about the injury and move on, and just let this motivate me to get back and take all the anger out when I get back. “
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