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ATLANTA (AP) — Todd Gurley says he often communicated with two other former Georgia running backs White Ja’Whaun Bentley Jersey , Sony Michel and Nick Chubb, during the 2018 season.Now that Gurley and Michel are having a Super Bowl reunion as the leading rushers for the Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots, respectively, that conversation is on hold. Gurley says he’s trying to avoid talking with Michel, his 2014 Georgia teammate, this week.At least not directly.Surrounded by reporters on Tuesday, Gurley took a few good-natured verbal jabs at Michel.“I remember when he first came in, he couldn’t run and catch,” Gurley said of Michel’s freshman season at Georgia. “I had to teach him how to do all that stuff.”Gurley taught Michel?“Yeah, I did,” he said. “Hopefully everything I taught him, he doesn’t do it and he just plays like he used to play before I taught him everything.”Michel on Monday described Gurley as a “big brother” at Georgia and said “it’s pretty cool” the two will share the spotlight on Sunday.“It’s just more amazing that it’s the Super Bowl Ja’Whaun Bentley Jersey 2019 ,” Michel said.“We played on the same team, and I’ve seen him grow throughout the years. He worked for everything he got, and I’m excited for him.”Michel and Cleveland’s Nick Chubb had productive rookie seasons to join Gurley in the league and strengthen Georgia’s bragging rights to be the nation’s “RBU” — the top school for running backs. It’s been a much-repeated claim since Herschel Walker won the Heisman Trophy for the Bulldogs in 1982 and was followed by such backs as Garrison Hearst, Rodney Hampton, Robert Edwards and Knowshon Moreno.Gurley said Georgia has been RBU “since I left.” Chubb, Michel, Elijah Holyfield and D’Andre Swift have had 1,000-yard seasons. Holyfield, the son of former boxing champion Evander Holyfield, is entering this year’s NFL draft as a junior.Asked what makes Georgia different than other schools with more than one NFL running back, Gurley said “because we’re playing in the Super Bowl and nobody else is.”Each running back has help.The Rams boast a one-two punch with Gurley and C.J. Anderson. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady also can give the ball to James White and Rex Burkhead.Patriots center David Andrews, another former Georgia player White Jason McCourty Jerseys , said he enjoys seeing the Bulldogs’ tailback tradition getting attention.“Any publicity Georgia gets, I appreciate and I like,” Andrews said.Gurley was one of the NFL’s most productive players this season. He led the league with 21 total touchdowns and ranked third with 1,251 yards rushing. He also had 59 catches as he flourished as a runner and receiver for the second straight year in coach Sean McVay’s offense .Chubb ranked 10th with 996 yards and Michel was 15th with 931 yards in the regular season. Another former Georgia player, Isaiah Crowell, led the Jets in rushing following four seasons with Cleveland.Michel is the league’s top postseason rusher with 242 yards rushing and five touchdowns. That includes 129 yards and three touchdowns in a win over the Chargers.Gurley had only four carries for 10 yards in the Rams’ NFC championship game win over New Orleans. Even though he ran for 115 yards in the Rams’ playoff win over Dallas, the quiet showing against the Saints made many observers wonder if Gurley was still bothered by a knee injury that caused him to miss the final two games of the regular season.He insisted his health is not an issue.“I feel good,” Gurley said Tuesday.McVay predicted Gurley “is going to be a big part” of the Super Bowl game plan.“I think a large part of specifically when you talk about last week’s game was the play selection,” McVay said Tuesday. “I’ve got to do a much better job for Todd to get him opportunities to get going.” Considering that the New England Patriots and Green Bay Packers play in different conferences, seeing them meet is a special occasion worthy of prime time consideration: tonight’s game will be played in front of a national audience. The same was the case eight years ago, the last time the Packers made the trip to Gillette Stadium. And even though quarterback Aaron Rodgers missed the game, it turned into a memorable one.The 11-2 Patriots entered their week 15 game against the 8-5 Packers as clear favorites not just because of Rodgers’ injury-related absence but also because New England dominated its opponents leading up to the game. Green Bay Jason McCourty Jerseys 2019 , meanwhile, was inconsistent even with Rodgers in the lineup and coming off an uninspiring 3-7 loss in Detroit. Early on, however, the two teams did not play the roles that have been expected before kickoff.After going up 7-3 on their first possession, Tom Brady and the New England offense had a hard time getting into a rhythm against a well-organized Packers defense. This allowed Green Bay backup quarterback Matt Flynn to lead his team to a 17-7 advantage just outside of the two-minute warning. However, the 10-point lead was short-lived as the Packers’ third score of the day was immediately followed by the game’s signature play.With dangerous returner Brandon Tate lining up deep, Green Bay decided to squib kick to limit the impact of a potential return. The plan backfired, as the football landed in the waiting arms of another able runner: starting right guard Dan Connolly. Serving as the Patriots’ up-man on the return team, the veteran fielded short kickoffs before. None of his first three was as spectacular as the fourth and final runback of his career, though:Connolly cleanly caught the football and was able to get to the perimeter thanks to some good blocking up front and some terrible execution by the Packers’ coverage team. Once through the first line of defense, the then 28-year old was able to show off his speed and technique of holding onto the football. When all was said and done — 13 seconds after he caught the pass — Connolly was tackled at the Green Bay 4-yard line.His 71-yard runback is not only the longest ever by an offensive lineman in NFL history, it also earned him AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors. Most importantly White Adrian Clayborn Jerseys , it set the Patriots up with some very good field position: three plays after his return, the team was able to get to the end zone and cut the deficit to three points. Furthermore, the runback shifted momentum to a Patriots team that was outmatched up to this point.Coming out of halftime down 17-14, New England was able to register a pick-six and take a 21-17 lead. While the Packers fought back and went up 27-21 early in the fourth period, the Patriots prevailed to win the game 31-27 — a victory that may not have been possible without Dan Connolly’s epic kickoff return. But while the win helped the team secure the number one playoff seed, Green Bay had the last laugh.New England was bounced from the playoffs in the divisional round, while the Packers with Rodgers back in the lineup won three straight postseason road games to reach and ultimately win Super Bowl XLV. Four years later, the Patriots and Connolly — by then the team’s starting left guard — found themselves on the top of the NFL mountaintop again. The most memorable moment of his career, however, remains his 71-yard return in 2010.

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