It’s the offseason for college football players and Todd Gurley has been spending some of his down time in California. The Georgia running back, who is a potential Top 10 NFL Draft pick and Heisman Trophy candidate, has apparently been doing some skateboarding, too.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution sports writer Chip Towers questioned whether this is a smart move in a recent story.
It might not be that big of a deal to some people, and certainly isn’t to Todd Gurley. But personally I found it a little alarming that Georgia’s star tailback, a Heisman Trophy candidate this coming season and a likely Top 10 NFL Draft pick a year from now, is spending his down time this month skateboarding down Sunset Strip and hanging off balconies in Hollywood, Calif.
I think about things I did as a 19-year-old (Gurley doesn’t turn 20 until Aug. 3), like jumping off cliffs into the Chattahoochee River and playing pick-up tackle football games on hard-pan fields, and I just shrug at what Gurley does with his free time. Then again, I wasn’t preparing to try to win a championship for my school or sign a multi-million-dollar professional contract.
Not judging here. Just figured I’d share it for discussion. Thoughts?
The majority of the reaction to the story seems to be, “He’s a college kid, it’s the offseason, leave him alone.”
Why is Todd Gurley skateboarding such a huge deal? He’s just a 19 year old kid trying to have fun and live his life. I don’t understand.
— Airrion Blackstock (@soccerfiend96) May 21, 2014
Sports radio yowling about Todd Gurley skateboarding. In sports radio’s defense, Athens PD likely has a whole jail just for skateboard crime
— Jason Kirk (@JasonKirkSBN) May 21, 2014
— Justin Scott-Wesley (@JSW_86) May 21, 2014
There were some, though, who agreed with Towers.
— dg (@MrDrewG) May 20, 2014
Glad to see an Instagram of Gurley skateboarding at a pretty stead speed. Just what I like to see our recovering star running back doing.
— lily rose (@lilyrosewil) May 20, 2014
Gurley missed three games last season with an ankle injury, which seems to have sparked some of the worrying.