THOUSAND OAKS, Ventura County — Todd Gurley is a serious sports fan who loves going to the Super Bowl each winter, attending all of the decadent parties and soaking up the game-day atmosphere.
The Los Angeles Rams’ running back will miss out on most of those wild parties this year, but he doesn’t mind.
“I’m used to going to the Super Bowl, being with my boys, hanging out,” Gurley said. “But we actually get a chance to play in it this year, so it’s cool, man. It’s a great feeling. We’re all happy. I’m happy. It’s no better feeling than how we’re feeling right now.”
The Rams want Gurley to be more than a spectator against the New England Patriots, and they’ll probably need much more from the 2017 Offensive Player of the Year than he was able to provide in his unusually quiet NFC Championship Game.
“We’re all going to have our downs, but you enjoy it even more when you do something great, or you have that success,” Gurley said. “I know who I am. I’m comfortable with myself. I’m the best. I’m the best at my position. … I know what I can do.”
Nobody saw it in New Orleans, where Gurley made almost no impact on the Rams’ 26-23 overtime victory in the NFC title game. The highest-paid running back in NFL history touched the ball only five times, albeit scoring a TD on one of those touches, rushing just four times and failing to catch two of the three passes intended for him.
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He was mostly a spectator down the stretch while watching C.J. Anderson, who was acquired to fill in while Gurley missed the final two games of the regular season because of a knee injury.
Gurley has said he doesn’t care how many touches he gets as long as the Rams are winning.
“This whole game is bigger than me,” Gurley said. “It’s not just about me. Why is Todd not getting the ball? Why is that? Because there’s only one football and there’s 11 guys.”
Still, Gurley is a major reason why the Rams reached the Super Bowl. He finished third in the league with 1,251 yards rushing and racked up an NFL-best 21 touchdowns.
But his up-and-down form and usage since early December has been potentially troublesome for the Rams. Head coach Sean McVay has attempted to take the blame.
“Any time that you have a player like Todd Gurley on your team, I’ve got to do a better job of getting him involved and getting him into the flow of the game,” McVay said. “That’s something that I have to be accountable for.”
Greg Beacham is an Associated Press writer.
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