Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley recently visited with fans at the Uncle Bob's Self Storage in Torrance, Calif. More than 500 fans attended the June 9 event at 4230 W. 190th St., 1 to 3 p.m.
During the event, Gurley fielded questions from 10 boys and girls selected by radio station KNX 1070 as honorary junior broadcasters. Their inquiries included questions such as "What team had the toughest defense?," "What was the first thing you bought with your rookie contract money?" and "How many touchdowns will you score this season?” The celebration also included food and activities such as an inflatable football toss and sports-focused video games.
A graduate of the University of Georgia, Gurley was drafted by the Rams as 10th overall in the 2015 National Football League (NFL) draft. He suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament during his junior year in college, which caused him to miss three NFL games during his rookie season. He went on to rush for 1,106 yards and was voted the Offensive Rookie of the Year by the “Associated Press.”
“I am excited to call L.A. home, and it was great to have a chance to meet my new hometown fans. Thanks so much to Uncle Bob’s Self Storage for making this happen,” Gurley said.
Uncle Bob’s is the operating brand for Sovran Self Storage Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Torrance facility is one of nine Sovran properties in the greater Los Angeles region. The REIT plans to open three additional storage facilities this month in the city under the new Life Storage Inc. brand, according to a press release. Sovran today completed the acquisition of the LifeStorage LP portfolio for $1.3 billion.
“We opened our first stores in Los Angeles earlier this year, and we felt it was cause for a little celebration,” said Sovran CEO David Rogers. “Since Todd was new to Los Angeles, too, we thought it was a good opportunity to introduce ourselves together in a fun way with the kids. Our thanks to Todd for coming, and we’re so pleased to finally be in L.A.”
Based in Buffalo, N.Y., Sovran now operates approximately 650 facilities in 29 states.