No. 81 Cleveland Browns
|Date of birth:November 22, 1987|
|Place of birth: Birmingham, Alabama|
|College: South Carolina|
|Undrafted in 2011|
|No regular season or postseason appearances|
|Roster status: Active|
Career NFL statistics
|Stats at pro-football-reference.com|
Tori Gurley (born November 22, 1987) is an American football wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League. He signed a two year deal with the Browns that includes base salaries of $495,000 in 2014 & $585,000 in 2015 . He played college football at South Carolina where he help lead the Gamecocks to a their first SEC East Title & first SEC Championship game appearance in 2010.
He is from Rock Hill, South Carolina and attended Rock Hill High School where he led the Bearcats to a state championship on both the gridiron and the hardwood during his senior year. Through 2010 and 12 games Gurley's career statistics at South Carolina are as follows: 824 receiving yards (6 touchdowns, 70 receptions) Gurley's last season for the Gamecocks he set a school record for 0 dropped passes during the 2010 season.
Born Tori Childers. Tori excelled as a two sport athlete in high school. In his senior year he led Rock Hill High School to a 2006 State Championship in basketball and football. He originally committed to the University of North Carolina to play both football and basketball. When Childers came to South Carolina he changed his last name to Gurley in honor of his late father, who was 42 when he died in a car accident in Las Vegas on Mother's Day in 2007. His father played basketball at Virginia Tech where he roomed with Dell Curry. Gurley played AAU basketball with NBA superstar Stephen Curry during his high school days and they remain close friends.
Gurley attended New Hampton Prep School in New Hampshire where he played both football and basketball. In his one year at New Hampton he caught 40 passes for 700 yards and 12 touchdowns and averaged 10 points and 8 rebounds a game in basketball. He turned down offers from North Carolina, Auburn, and Tennessee to play in his home state.
As a redshirt freshman in 2009 he made his collegiate debut against NC State where he caught four passes for 34 yards. Gurley known more as a physical possession wide receiver had three touchdown catches called back due to penalties during just his first two college starts. He caught his first career touchdown pass, a six-yard strike, from Stephen Garcia at Georgia. Gurley caught four passes for 100 yards in the win over FAU including a career-long 44-yarder he had four catches for 60 yards against Ole Miss, caught three passes for 62 yards in the win over Vanderbilt, including a one-handed 43-yard grab with the Gamecocks on their own one-yard line, caught four passes for 50 yards against Tennessee, caught two passes for 50 yards, including a 14-yard TD against Clemson. He played in all 13 games making five starts and was ranked fourth on the team with 31 catches, 440 receiving yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Gurley turned 2010 into another solid campaign, where he was the second leading receiver behind Biletnikoff semifinalist Alshon Jeffery. He helped lead the Gamecocks to a 9-3 record and a SEC East Division Championship. His most notable efforts came in a win at Vanderbilt where he tied a school record with 14 receptions (112 yards).
Green Bay Packers
Gurley was offered a spot of the Minnesota Vikings active 53-man roster towards the end of the 2011 regular season, but declined the offer, choosing to remain on the Green Bay practice squad.
Gurley was released by the Green Bay Packers on August 31, 2012.
Gurley was signed onto the Minnesota Vikings practice squad on September 1, 2012, but released later that month.
Gurley was signed to the Oakland Raiders practice squad on September 25, 2012.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Gurley was signed to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers practice squad on October 17,2012.
San Diego Chargers
Gurley was signed to the San Diego Chargers practice squad but subsequently released in November, 2012.
On May 23, 2013, Gurley was signed by the Cleveland Browns. He was cut on August 31, 2013, but signed to the practice squad two days later on September 2, 2013. He was signed from the practice squad on September 7, 2013, and played in two regular season games, compiling 1 reception on 2 targets for 15 yards. He was waived on September 17, 2013 and resigned to their practice squad the next day. On October 18, 2013, Gurley was again signed from the practice squad and played on October 20 against his former team, the Green Bay Packers. He was waived again on October 22 and then re-signed to the practice squad on October 29.