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Tori Gurley chooses Packers practice squad over Vikings active roster

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Rookie receiver Tori Gurley is a member of the Packers’ practice squad.  The Vikings offered him a spot on their active roster for the final three games of the 2011 season.

And Gurley declined.

“If you look statistically, their season is going to be over in three weeks,” Gurley said of the Vikings, according to Rob Demovsky of PackersNews.com.  “We’re already locked to have a playoff spot.”

It’s not the first time this year that Gurley has opted to remain as a “Rudy” in Green Bay over landing an official roster spot elsewhere.

“I’m learning from some of the best receivers in the game right now,” Gurley said.  “The way our offense is clicking, the grass isn’t going to be greener on the other side.  So just learning and taking it one day at a time, my opportunity is going to come.”

Demovsky reports that the Packers gave Gurley a raise to stay.  He also may end up with a Super Bowl ring, and a place in history as a member — sort of — as the first 19-0 NFL team.

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  1. viper0290 says: Dec 15, 2011 9:47 PM

    coming from a die hard cowboy fan i must say that is a great choice. I cant see anyone beating the packers this year… maybe if Dallas could finish games theyd have a slight chance…. all i want for christmas is some DB’s

  2. Mr. Wright 212 says: Dec 15, 2011 9:50 PM

    What a Gurley move on his part SMH.

  3. canadianvikingfaniii says: Dec 15, 2011 9:57 PM

    I don’t think this is very shocking. It’s not like any WR on the Vikes not named Harvin catches balls on a consistent basis.

  4. favreblows says: Dec 15, 2011 9:59 PM

    It would be a horrible move to go to the Vikes. That is where good WRs go to die. That team is destined for the NFC North basement for the next 4-5 years. They are easily the worst managed team in the league and now it is apparent they blew it on Ponder. They’ll be in dire need of another QB in two years.

    This is just hilarious.

  5. veence69 says: Dec 15, 2011 10:00 PM

    Yeah I’d rather sit on my ass, not contribute at all and revel in the glory of the accomplishments of other men too.

    Well put, Tori. You’re a real competitor.

  6. genericcommenter says: Dec 15, 2011 10:02 PM

    Key question: Do practice squad players get rings and bonus$ ?

  7. sakatak says: Dec 15, 2011 10:06 PM

    Winning is contagious, once you catch it you should hang on as long as you can.

  8. gb4mn0 says: Dec 15, 2011 10:11 PM

    Can you blame him? I heard behind the scene he said he’d rather get dragged through 10 yd of broken glass and baby s_ _ t than join the lavender Larry’s.

  9. imsmartyouarenot says: Dec 15, 2011 10:16 PM

    Must have been tough to make the right decision.

  10. turk2875 says: Dec 15, 2011 10:17 PM

    Wise decision young blood.

  11. jessethegreat says: Dec 15, 2011 10:23 PM

    Safe bet the Packers reward his commitment to the team by giving him a Super Bowl ring this year. He’s been with the team the whole year helping them prepare for victory every week. They’re known for rewarding players that have a TEAM FIRST attitude.

  12. greenmamba12 says: Dec 15, 2011 10:25 PM

    In all fairness, I’d rather work at Red Lobster than on the Vikings roster

  13. rushbacker says: Dec 15, 2011 10:28 PM

    There’s also the possibility that he could still be added to Green Bay’s active roster this year if one of their receivers gets hurt– and I believe Jennings is dinged at the moment. Can’t blame the guy for holding out the way that club is playing right now– what receiver in particular wouldn’t want a chance to be part of that? Plus Donald Driver’s not getting any younger, and Jordy Nelson is most likely nearing the end of his rookie deal. Even if Gurley has to sit on their practice squad for another year, he probably believes that being versed in their terminology and playbook will give him a legit shot to join that dynamic receiving corps and catch passes from Aaron Rodgers for the next five-ten years. And he’s probably right. Not a bad move at all.

  14. allday296 says: Dec 15, 2011 10:29 PM

    Gb4mn0 do you have anything else in your life besides the packers? You constantly feel a need to exercise your pathetic rhetoric against the Vikings. People like you make me feel fortunate, no matter what franchise I root for.

  15. childressrulz says: Dec 15, 2011 10:30 PM

    veence69 says: Dec 15, 2011 10:00 PM

    Yeah I’d rather sit on my ass, not contribute at all and revel in the glory of the accomplishments of other men too.

    Well put, Tori. You’re a real competitor.
    _________________________
    Monetarily it makes sense. He will pick up paychecks all through the playoffs as well. So get a clue veence.

  16. hansenbrothers says: Dec 15, 2011 10:31 PM

    good call, i wouldnt wanna be a viqueen either

  17. dionoil says: Dec 15, 2011 10:33 PM

    Yes, practice squad players get rings

  18. pack15forever says: Dec 15, 2011 10:38 PM

    Tory Gurley has some of the best hands I’ve ever seen. He is a big receiver and will be starting with the Packers very soon. Gurley will replace Donald Driver not too long from now. Why would he want to play for a bunch of losers?

  19. greenbaydynasty says: Dec 15, 2011 10:44 PM

    I’m shocked.

  20. tdrundmc says: Dec 15, 2011 10:44 PM

    Tori Gurley lmao

  21. 11wheatd says: Dec 15, 2011 10:45 PM

    favreblows says:
    Dec 15, 2011 9:59 PM
    It would be a horrible move to go to the Vikes. That is where good WRs go to die. That team is destined for the NFC North basement for the next 4-5 years. They are easily the worst managed team in the league and now it is apparent they blew it on Ponder. They’ll be in dire need of another QB in two years.

    This is just hilarious.

    ____________________________________

    WRs come to die??? Hahaha you’re kidding me right? Cris Carter, Randy Moss, Percy Harvin, Sammy White, Sidney Rice

    2 of those are top 15 WRs of ALL TIME

  22. localbandhero says: Dec 15, 2011 10:46 PM

    That’s like asking the fat girl to prom and her saying no. Hahaha

  23. leroysbutler says: Dec 15, 2011 10:58 PM

    Jordy Nelson signed a 3 year/$13.3 mil contract. He’s signed through 2014.

  24. goforthanddie says: Dec 15, 2011 10:58 PM

    A young athlete admitting he has much to learn? What’s this kid’s problem?

  25. stevedigre says: Dec 15, 2011 11:02 PM

    I feel sorry for this guy. He’s turning down starting opportunities with team(s) to instead sit on a practice squad.

  26. docredskin says: Dec 15, 2011 11:03 PM

    Maybe, and here’s a thought, he likes his teammates, likes the scheme, likes where he lives, and sees more long-term potential where he is rather than go to a franchise in flux. Aside from the Redskins game, they won’t win another this season whereas the Packers will romp through the playoffs.

    He’s making what he views to be the smartest career choice, which, I suppose, is what we all do in our less interesting lives.

  27. lionsftw says: Dec 15, 2011 11:14 PM

    You can tell this kid had a real passion for the game. He could actually contribute for a team that isn’t going to make the playoffs or get zero credit for helping a team get to the playoffs (except for being a glorified tackling dummy) I’m sure he will win superbowl MVP.

  28. jimmysee says: Dec 15, 2011 11:21 PM

    Tori Gurley knows that Packers players move up and get their opportunities.

    No over the hill free agents will be brought in to hold them back.

    Gurley is the next man up and will get his shot.

    He will be a star receiver in Green Bay.

  29. scoops1 says: Dec 15, 2011 11:26 PM

    as a Packers fan…I’m not Flabbergasted

  30. trey14jewels says: Dec 15, 2011 11:39 PM

    @Rushbacker

    I’m happy to say Jordy Nelson is with the Packers through atleast 2014. He re-signed back in October :). There will be A LOT more Rodgers to Nelson in the future!

    Fun Fact: He’s also the 3rd string quarterback.

  31. coleman121280 says: Dec 15, 2011 11:48 PM

    favreblows says:
    Dec 15, 2011 9:59 PM
    It would be a horrible move to go to the Vikes. That is where good WRs go to die. That team is destined for the NFC North basement for the next 4-5 years. They are easily the worst managed team in the league and now it is apparent they blew it on Ponder. They’ll be in dire need of another QB in two years.

    This is just hilarious.

    ====================================

    So how did they blow it with Ponder? He did just throw for 380yds and 3 td’s 2 weeks ago. What was Aaron throwing for his rookie season?

  32. bmue42 says: Dec 15, 2011 11:48 PM

    hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaahhahahahahahhahahaha………vikings

  33. axespray says: Dec 15, 2011 11:56 PM

    we win superbowl 46, Driver will probably retire so he can go out on Top, that opens up the 5th spot on the depth chart.

    Tori and Shaky Smithson will probably have a training camp battle for that spot.

    WR Corp will be secure for us, allows us to dedicate more draft picks to defense so we can get a guy to compliment Clay and Raji.

    Vikes need more than a WR corp, maybe a secondary/oline/DT/then some WRs, shouldn’t take long to rebuild, the lions were 0-16 3 years ago and here they are choking away playoff spots like normal teams.

  34. md1991 says: Dec 15, 2011 11:58 PM

    Fine keep your “Girly” receiver.

  35. throwntothelions says: Dec 16, 2011 12:09 AM

    Can tell he is a Packer. Practice squad 5700 dollars a week and no benefit.

    Rookie min 330000. His share 330000/17=19411 per week with benefits.

    Hope they gave him a big raise.

  36. yevrag3535 says: Dec 16, 2011 12:27 AM

    Tori Gurley is a wanna be player nd he knows it. Stay and practice, practice and more practice. You showed you true calling. You want money instead of the dream you had when you were a little boy. LOSER !!! You don’t want to play, what a wimp!!!!!

  37. lapsncaps says: Dec 16, 2011 12:29 AM

    scoops1 says:
    Dec 15, 2011 11:26 PM
    as a Packers fan…I’m not Flabbergasted

    —————————————————————

    But, Tiki Barber is.

  38. yevrag3535 says: Dec 16, 2011 12:31 AM

    Green Bay is for pigs, smells in green bay….Thought New York stunk boy was I wrong,,,,

  39. gb4mn0 says: Dec 16, 2011 12:50 AM

    allday296 says:
    Dec 15, 2011 10:29 PM
    Gb4mn0 do you have anything else in your life besides the packers? You constantly feel a need to exercise your pathetic rhetoric against the Vikings. People like you make me feel fortunate, no matter what franchise I root for.

    ——————————————–

    It’s more than feeling a need, I’m on a mission! It’s to easy to goad and provoke thin skinned vike twits and your retort is evidence of that. When you and the talking heads on kfan reverse course of airing your unmerited arrogant “rhetoric” and change to be more in line with the true legacy of the vikes(one of pitiful losers), don’t expect me to change mine.

  40. packmanfan says: Dec 16, 2011 12:54 AM

    Once again the Vikes show how desperate they are.

    It’s a no brainer.

  41. packerfanfornot4life says: Dec 16, 2011 1:07 AM

    i love Donald Driver but i’ve said all year that I want Gurley on the active roster. I am thinking next year it will happen. I think Driver is done after this year and in 5 years he’s on the ring of honor

  42. packerfanfornot4life says: Dec 16, 2011 1:09 AM

    @Rushbacker

    I’m happy to say Jordy Nelson is with the Packers through atleast 2014. He re-signed back in October :) . There will be A LOT more Rodgers to Nelson in the future!

    Fun Fact: He’s also the 3rd string quarterback.

    WRONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GRAHAM HARRELL IS 3RD

  43. waggs12 says: Dec 16, 2011 1:13 AM

    He’ll have as much impact with the Packers this year as all the geniuses that bought “stock” last week.

  44. green1bay says: Dec 16, 2011 1:32 AM

    @Coleman121280
    So how did they blow it with Ponder? He did just throw for 380yds and 3 td’s 2 weeks ago. What was Aaron throwing for his rookie season?
    ———————————-
    Man please! One game. Look at Aaron’s rookie stats.

    You weak Viking fans can’t be mad. You suck.

  45. jessethegreat says: Dec 16, 2011 1:39 AM

    Was anyone else sad when he didn’t make the roster after preseason? Flynn and him had a good chemistry. He’s not the fastest guy out there but he has great hands. He’s also big like a TE if I remember correctly.

  46. yevrag3535 says: Dec 16, 2011 2:08 AM

    He blows

  47. sigma1932 says: Dec 16, 2011 2:25 AM

    …Donald Driver’s not getting any younger, and Jordy Nelson is most likely nearing the end of his rookie deal.
    -
    I’d think he’s lookin’ at Cobb’s spot when he takes over for DD’s or an injury fill in spot, so he could take Cobb’s spot

    Jordy just signed a contact extention in Oct., so he’s not going anywhere for a while.

    But yeah, can’t blame the kid for wanting to be in an already successful system.
    =====
    So how did they blow it with Ponder? He did just throw for 380yds and 3 td’s 2 weeks ago.

    That’s called a fluke, kinda like when Brady opened the season throwing for 500 yds and 4 TD’s– ‘cept you forgot Ponder’s 3 picks in his big game. Overall, through 8 games this year, Ponder’s currently at 55% completion, 205 y/g, 1.375 TD’s/game, with a 1:1 TD to INT ratio…mediocre to bad stats honestly. Those numbers drop considerably if you take out the fluke game.

  48. qoojo says: Dec 16, 2011 3:07 AM

    It’s a very smart move when you consider that this is most likely Driver’s last year, so the packers should have an opening next year at WR. He looked good in pre-season, and there is no reason to think he can’t make it on the regular roster next year. Might give up some money now to be in a much better place next year.

  49. judsonjr says: Dec 16, 2011 3:15 AM

    So if he went to the Vikes he’d get 60K.

    With the Packers he’ll get at least 5 more weeks of pay, with the possibility of 8 weeks pay if they go to the Superbowl. That’s 28-45K at the practice squad minimum. In the past the Packers have paid $7500 for a practice squad player, so that would be 38 to 60K.

    So he’s basically giving up somewhere from 0 to 20K for a shot at a ring and chance to compete for a spot next year with the Pack.

    Also, on the off chance he gets activated for a game, he’d be eligible for bonuses anywhere from 25K to 150K depending on how the Packers do in the playoffs.

  50. veence69 says: Dec 16, 2011 4:21 AM

    146 dislikes against 64 dislikes..

    Is there any question as to how many die hard Green Bay fan boys frequent PFT?

    It’s amazing how pathetic Wisconsin day-to-day must be that their football fans would devote so much time and effort to defending their football franchise on an internet website (while there isn’t a single player on the roster that would give a second thought to leaving an “owner” stranded on the side of I-94 in a blizzard).

    BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAAA! Way to represent, Wisconsin!

  51. hallofsteel says: Dec 16, 2011 6:11 AM

    The Packers win the SB? HAHAHA what a FLUKE. The MEN OF STEEL are coming!!

  52. 1stngoal says: Dec 16, 2011 7:06 AM

    11wheatd says: Dec 15, 2011 10:45 PM

    favreblows says:
    Dec 15, 2011 9:59 PM
    It would be a horrible move to go to the Vikes. That is where good WRs go to die. That team is destined for the NFC North basement for the next 4-5 years. They are easily the worst managed team in the league and now it is apparent they blew it on Ponder. They’ll be in dire need of another QB in two years.

    This is just hilarious.

    ____________________________________

    WRs come to die??? Hahaha you’re kidding me right? Cris Carter, Randy Moss, Percy Harvin, Sammy White, Sidney Rice

    2 of those are top 15 WRs of ALL TIME
    ________________________________

    You are correct 11wheatd, but it is where quarterbacks go to die, is it not??? :-)

  53. stellarperformance says: Dec 16, 2011 7:14 AM

    yevrag3535 says: Dec 16, 2011 12:31 AM
    Green Bay is for pigs, smells in green bay….Thought New York stunk boy was I wrong,,,,
    ======================================

    It’s fine now…ever since you left.

  54. dd393 says: Dec 16, 2011 7:26 AM

    Best franchise in the NFL vs. the frozen train wreck in Minnesota. Some choice.

    Smart move on his part. With Donald Driver’s return in doubt, he’ll be going for a roster spot on a team that spreads the ball around. He’ll get plenty of playing time, plenty of catches, and plenty of post season play.

  55. squared80 says: Dec 16, 2011 7:38 AM

    Hmmm… free SB ring for doing nothing? Or doing nothing on a 2-11 team for a couple weeks? Yeah, tough choice. This is news? Really!?

  56. tundey says: Dec 16, 2011 8:06 AM

    I think this is a no-brainer decision. Who wouldn’t make the same choice? I don’t think practice squad players get rings but being in that environment will definitely help. Especially when you factor in that the Vikings are probably just gonna rent him till the end of the season and then cut him.

  57. xmgmx says: Dec 16, 2011 8:42 AM

    First of all, I’m a Vikes fan, have been for longer than most of these posters have been alive. With that being said, Gurley made the right choice. Anyone would want to be part of what could very well happen this year with the Packers. What an experience.
    As for his play? I wondered where he went. He was a beast at SC, great hands.
    You have to be impressed with what GB has done team wise. Good guys, good players (give or take a few, as with any team). Best receiving core in football.

  58. jimmysee says: Dec 16, 2011 8:47 AM

    waggs12 says:
    Dec 16, 2011 1:13 AM

    He’ll have as much impact with the Packers this year as all the geniuses that bought “stock” last week.

    ————————————————————–

    Wow! — the impact of all those stock purchases is to get the Lambeau addition built — adding to the Packers legacy in Wisconsin.

    That’s a huge impact — a huge show of support for the team from the community. And at no cost to taxpayers.

    Anyway, how’s that stadium project coming along in Minnesota?

  59. NFLJunkie says: Dec 16, 2011 8:51 AM

    So he’s basically giving up somewhere from 0 to 20K for a shot at a ring and chance to compete for a spot next year with the Pack.

    So little money involved for just three weeks, and it also means giving the Vikes control over his contract rights next year (or beyond if he made their active roster next year) since he’d be their exclusive rights free agent at the end of this season.

    I don’t have any rooting interest in the NFC North, but I can’t blame a young WR for maximizing his chances of sticking with the Packers and Aaron Rodgers for the next 3-4 years instead.

  60. godofwine330 says: Dec 16, 2011 8:56 AM

    This is a good move for the guy. It was a smart move. As he said, the Vikings season is going to be over in 3 weeks and he is learning from some of the best receivers in the game. Plus, he will be in the playoffs with a chance to win a ring. Plus, as someone said, the Vikings were likely going to rent him for a few weeks and then cut him. Good move.

  61. thetruth1313 says: Dec 16, 2011 8:57 AM

    gb4mn0 says:
    Dec 16, 2011 12:50 AM

    It’s more than feeling a need, I’m on a mission! It’s to easy to goad and provoke thin skinned vike twits and your retort is evidence of that. When you and the talking heads on kfan reverse course of airing your unmerited arrogant “rhetoric” and change to be more in line with the true legacy of the vikes(one of pitiful losers), don’t expect me to change mine.

    ————————————————-
    Sure sounds something like Bozo would say

  62. neurosports says: Dec 16, 2011 8:58 AM

    Poison Pill

  63. ejmat2 says: Dec 16, 2011 9:08 AM

    Putting aside all the stupid and ridiculous comments above the kid made the right choice. I’m saying this as a Viking fan. I would want to learn from the best too and quite frankly the Pack have great WRs. He’s making a rational career decision instead of a knee jerk “now” decision. Smart kid!

    Now if it were the off season he would be smart to take the offer.

  64. enutpenfry says: Dec 16, 2011 10:09 AM

    Former Packer practice squad player Chastin West signed with and started for the Jaguars last night on a team with a putrid offensive output. Which one feels better about their situation today?

    Depending on the future on Donald Driver, Gurley may get his chance to be on the Packers active roster in 2012. The way Aaron Rodgers is playing right now, who wouldn’t want to be one of his receivers?

  65. txbearmeat says: Dec 16, 2011 10:39 AM

    Hey Vikings – Whatsa matter? Why do you always have to dig through GB’s castoffs and practice squad? Can’t you draft good talent yourselves?

    No???

    smh…

    Typical.

  66. MossMoon2Packers says: Dec 16, 2011 11:33 AM

    Of course, all the gloating GB fans conveniently overlooked one part of the report — “Demovsky reports that the Packers gave Gurley a raise to stay.”

    Gurley loves GB so much that he had to be bribed to remain there.

  67. ftbfan76 says: Dec 16, 2011 11:33 AM

    This guy is an idiot, there’s no way he’s ever going to get on the playing field ever again. Take it while it’s hot.

  68. contra74 says: Dec 16, 2011 12:09 PM

    greenmamba12 says:
    Dec 15, 2011 10:25 PM
    In all fairness, I’d rather work at Red Lobster than on the Vikings roster
    ———–
    Wait – You’re saying you would much rather work a $9.25/hr job than have a $330k rookie minimum salary?!?!?! Not to mention 176 people liked your comment?!?!?! Yep – sounds like Packer fans to me.

  69. mediasloppy says: Dec 16, 2011 1:58 PM

    I can’t believe this is even news worthy. Most everyone would stay with a Super Bowl ring that might come his way, while getting paid instead of playing 3 games on another team you don’t even have a connection with. I don’t care what team asked him, he’d stay put.

  70. stavreafavre says: Dec 16, 2011 4:08 PM

    It’s okay, Viking fans. In a couple of months you can bring out your “Any player would jump at the chance to get out of that hick town” comments again. I mean, you have nothing positive to enjoy about your sophisticated, cosmopolitan metropolis’ team, so it’s understandable that you have to try to bite the ankles of the Packers.
    Hallofsteel, one of your MEN OF STEEL has an ankle owie doesn’t he? They have to figure out how to beat the Crows before they worry about the Packers.

  71. vikescry1 says: Dec 16, 2011 5:44 PM

    it’s funny graham harrell turned down the bills too, to stay on the practice squad. until they recently added him to the 53 man roster. the pack don’t have to keep him on the practice squad he just knows he’s learning from some of the best so why not stay and learn. really could you imagine going and in three weeks the vikings season is over and he’s at home not with the pack in the playoff’s? he’d b pis-sed…. smart choice

  72. pack13queens0 says: Dec 16, 2011 6:22 PM

    Well everyone wants to be on the Packers roster. Green Bay is the greatest city in the world. Although if he did choose the Vikings, he would be in Los Angeles next season.

  73. kevishu says: Dec 16, 2011 10:37 PM

    It has more to do with sticking around and learning from the best, and eventually being part of one of the best offenses in the league than anything else. I doubt money had anything to do with the situation. Vikings do not have a program im place to develop young WRs the way Green Bay does. The Packers make good decisions at draft time, but the WR coaching and development gets overlooked. Vikings would smother that development the way they’re operating now.

  74. MossMoon2Packers says: Dec 17, 2011 7:50 AM

    @kevishu who said “I doubt money had anything to do with the situation. Vikings do not have a program im place to develop young WRs the way Green Bay does.”

    Money has pretty much everything to do with where players choose to play. The players are mercenaries; who pays the most gets the player.

    As for programs to develop young WRs, you mean like coaches, drills, practices, film-study, etc.? Yeah, only the GBP have that.

  75. kevinwi says: Aug 31, 2012 1:11 PM

    How’d that work out for you Gurley? they lost the first playoff game and you just got cut today.

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