Todd Gurley’s advice for Leonard Fournette is to play for LSU in 2016

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Todd Gurley gave Leonard Fournette a simple advice; don’t think about sitting out next year’s season just to ensure you’re healthy for the 2017 NFL draft.

“Come back and play, man,” Gurley said in an interview with 99.9 The Fan’s Big Game. “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.”

One year after his ACL injury while playing for the University of Georgia, Gurley has the fourth-most rushing yards in the NFL with the St. Louis Rams.

Fournette won’t be available for the NFL draft until 2017, because of the player’s third season of college eligibility. This resulted in several requests for him to stay calm in 2016 to stay healthy. According to Fournette and coach Les Miles this is not true.

One year ago, on Nov. 15, 2014, Gurley got injured playing against Auburn. However, The Rams made him their first-round pick in the 2015 draft, he was selected No. 10 overall.

Gurley, who missed the first two games of the season, rushed for 664 yards and four touchdowns in his first six games, with an average 5.6 yards per carry.

Georgia running back Nick Chubb, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in the Bulldogs’ defeat against Tennessee on Oct. 11, just like Gurley, said the player returned to Georgia the following week to be there for him, and he also checks on Chubb weekly.

“Like I approached the situation, you’re not going to be the first person to tear your ACL or get injured, and you’re not going to be the last,” Gurley said. “We’ve got a lot of guys that can help him that have been through the same situation as him. He’ll be fine.”

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