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Rams RB Todd Gurley Wins AP Offensive Player of the Year Award, Loses Out to Brady in MVP Voting

Despite a season in which he took over games at some points and lead the Rams to a NFC West Title, Todd Gurley finished second in the NFL MVP voting on Saturday night, losing out to Patriots QB Tom Brady.

Brady earned 40 votes in balloting by a nationwide media panel, easily winning over Gurley, who got 8 votes, and Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, who got two votes.

Gurley did get a big honor though, as he took home the AP Offensive Player of the season, winning the award scoring 37 of 50 votes.

Gurley’s memorable campaign played a decisive role in helping the Rams reach the playoffs for the first time since 2004. The third-year back churned out a league-best 2,093 scrimmage yards (accounting for 35 percent of team’s offensive output) and finished second in league rushing with 1,305 yards. He became only the third player in NFL history to tally 2,000 scrimmage yards, 10 rushing TDs and six receiving TDs — a feat replicated only by Hall of Famers Marshall Faulk and O.J. Simpson. His 19 total touchdowns were the most by a Rams player since Faulk’s 21 in 2000.

In addition, Gurley had 788 receiving yards — a big chunk of which came in a truly spectacular late-season showing against the Tennessee Titans (158 receiving, 118 rushing). His 152-yard, four-touchdown output against the Seattle Seahawks in a Week 15 cemented his offensive player of the year credentials. Over his final four games of the regular season, Gurley had 440 rushing yards and five touchdowns along with 22 catches for 302 receiving yards and three touchdowns en route to NFC Offensive Player of the Month honors.


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