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Gurley’s impressive rookie campaign earns Pro Bowl honors

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OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 14: Todd Gurley #30 of the St. Louis Rams stands on the sidelines during their game against the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum on August 14, 2015 in Oakland, California. OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 14: Todd Gurley #30 of the St. Louis Rams stands on the sidelines during their game against the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum on August 14, 2015 in Oakland, California.

By Shawn Campbell / FootballStL | @JournSCampbell

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (FootballSTL) -- When Todd Gurley was taken with the 10th overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft many criticized the Rams front office for reaching for a guy coming off an injury plagued college season and a player with a timetable for return that was unknown.

None of those criticisms seemed to affect Gurley in his rookie season.

After missing the first three games of the season and most of the fourth, the University of Georgia product struck like lightning, rushing for more than 125 yards in each of his first four NFL starts.

Gurley has been the lone star on an offense that ranks near the bottom of the league in nearly every statistical category.

With those stats now comes an NFC Pro Bowl selection, making Gurley the first Rams offensive player to accomplish the feat since Steven Jackson did it in 2007.

“It’s some of the best players in the league and some guys that I grew up looking at,” said Gurley. “It’ll definitely be cool.”

Gurley will join star second-year defensive tackle Aaron Donald and punter Johnny Hecker as the Rams’ representatives in Hawaii.

With two games remaining, facing the Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals, Gurley sits at 1,023 rushing yards and nine touchdowns in just 12 games this season, making him the third running back in Rams history to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a rookie season, joining Hall of Famers Eric Dickerson and Jerome Bettis. 

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