Atlanta Falcons running back Todd Gurley was barely challenged on a touchdown run that placed him with elite company.
Gurley took it 35 yards to the end zone minutes into the Falcons’ Week 5 home game against the Carolina Panthers. He wasn’t touched until around the 20-yard line, and just barely at that.
It was his fifth score of the season and his longest touchdown run since the 2018 playoffs when he was with the Los Angeles Rams.
The score was career touchdown No. 75 for the sixth-year veteran. Gurley, who turned 26 in August, joins four Hall of Famers as the only players in history to reach the 75-touchdown mark before their 27th birthday.
With that 35-yard rush TD, Todd Gurley has now scored 75 touchdowns in his career.
He becomes just the 5th player in NFL history to record 75 touchdowns before his 27th birthday, joining Hall of Famers Emmitt Smith, Jim Brown, LaDainian Tomlinson and Randy Moss. pic.twitter.com/IZURf9vnwq
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 11, 2020
Gurley did so in his 78th game, which was slightly behind the paces set Jim Brown (72), LaDainian Tomlinson (72) and Emmitt Smith (77).
The former Georgia star led the league in total touchdowns in the 2017 and 2018 seasons with 19 and 21, respectively. If he continues his trend of a touchdown a game he’d finish his first season with the Falcons at 16, third-most in his career.
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