THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - Former Georgia running back Todd Gurley is thrilled to see his former team in his new town.
"I went to the hotel [on Wednesday] and just chilled with the guys," said Gurley. "It was cool, man."
Gurley is currently in his third NFL season with the Los Angeles Rams, and having UGA in the Rose Bowl gives him a chance to keep close tabs on the guys who succeeded him in Athens -- especially talented tailbacks Nick Chubb and Sony Michel.
"I just love to see young guys being successful," said Gurley. "Just coming from nothing and being able to accomplish their dreams."
While Gurley said players like Chubb and Michel don't need his advice to be successful, the current Dawgs say Gurley has been a great source of advice.
We've learned a lot," said Chubb, who has a great chance to join Gurley in the NFL next year. "Keep working, keep striving. Things might get you down but you have to keep working."
Gurley will be cheering on the Bulldogs in the big game, even though the Rams don't know their schedule for next week as they prepare for a playoff game. He's confident his former team will come out on top.
"Powerhouse offense, three or four of the greatest running backs in college football, one of the best linebackers playing against the Heisman Trophy winner," said Gurley, "it's going to be exciting, man. Of course, we're going to get the win over here in the Rose Bowl."
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