Gurley celebrates 26th birthday as Falcons' new lead back

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Atlanta Falcons running back Todd Gurley wears a protective face covering between drills during a strength and conditioning NFL football workout Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in Flowery Branch, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, Pool)

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – Todd Gurley had good reason to celebrate.

Monday was his first day on the Atlanta Falcons' practice fields, and he was upbeat about adjusting to new teammates, new coaches and his new playbook for the start of training camp.

Gurley also was happy to be close to his friends from his former college home at the University of Georgia.

There was only one problem. Monday also was Gurley's 26th birthday, and no reporters on his video teleconference checked the calendar.

It didn't take long for Gurley to correct that oversight.

“First of all, none of y’all told me happy birthday yet, so I’m kind of upset with you,” Gurley said. “I’m about to be done with this interview right now.”

Then Gurley smiled behind his pandemic-mandated facemask. The threat was just a joke.

“No, like I said, it’s my birthday so I’m not complaining about nothing,” Gurley said.