In a job the place everybody’s consistently being in contrast—by their stats, their contracts, their Madden scores—Falcon’s working again Todd Gurley II is discovering methods to maintain his head straight. On the most recent episode of GQ’s Instagram Live present The Drop-In with Mark Anthony Green, Gurley shared some knowledge on staying mentally wholesome in a stress cooker profession. That means staying true to himself and tuning out the noise.
“The biggest thing that’s helped me out was just being real with yourself,” he says. “I always tell myself you can never be too high, you can never be too low, you just gotta be even-keeled, right in the middle. You’re gonna have your good seasons, you’re gonna have your bad seasons…Most people say, I gotta prove this, I gotta prove that. Deep down inside, you don’t have to prove anything to anyone.”
That includes the trolls. “Most stuff on the internet is just disrespectful—you might have 100 comments and there might be only three negative comments,” says Gurley. “But you can’t ignore the positive…You have to be able to take it all in.”
“And sometimes, shit, they’re telling the truth,” he says. “And typically they don’t seem to be.”
What it comes back to is Gurley’s faith—in prayer, and in himself. “In sports activities they attempt to at all times say, who’s the perfect working again, or who’s the perfect receiver?…Why at all times attempt to compete about who’s the perfect? I do know it is in our nature to be super-competitive, however we’re tremendous blessed.”
Blessings do not imply he cannot demand change, although. Following a latest Instagram Live panel he held with fellow athletes like Jalen Rose and leaders like Martin Luther King III, Gurley emphasised that he feels compelled to talk his thoughts, crediting gamers who raised their voices earlier than him—like Malcolm Jenkins—for paving the best way.
“When you’re a young player you’re trying to focus on football,” he mentioned, “but as of right now there’s no excuse not to speak up. The majority of the league is Black, so we gotta stand for something. And we need our league to back us up.”
As he prepares to kick off what is going to hopefully be a full (however fan-less) season as a newly minted Atlanta Falcon, Gurley nonetheless has his sights mounted on the positives of becoming a member of a brand new workforce. “It’s like a fresh start for me,” he mentioned. “Atlanta is like home for me, and they’ve welcomed me with open arms. I’m just looking forward to playing with the best.”
Gurley additionally weighed in on the perfect of Atlanta’s rap and meals scenes, his NFL type icons, and hanging out along with his neighbor YG throughout quarantine. Watch the episode under for extra.
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