Should Leonard Fournette sit out his junior season to avoid injury before heading to the NFL? The topic has become a popular debate in college football, but one former star running back has some advice for the LSU tailback.
Former UGA running back Todd Gurley, who has a little experience with this type of situation, offered his advice to Fournette on 99.9 The Fan’s “Big GameDay,” according to CBS Sports’ Will Brinson.
“Come back and play, man,” Gurley said on the show. “We don’t care about all that, just waiting to go play for the NFL. We’re football players. We’ve been playing this game for our whole life for free or with money. We don’t care about that. We play for the love of the game.”
Gurley has been electric during his rookie season with the St. Louis Rams but knows the risk involved with the game he loves. After injuring his ACL late in his final season at UGA, Gurley’s future was in jeopardy. He recovered from the injury, and is back to his dominant self, but Gurley’s experience is a cautionary tale for a player like Fournette.
The LSU star looks NFL-ready and only time will tell if he listens to Gurley’s advice.