Georgia has a strong history of producing NFL running backs.
Need evidence? Look no further than Super Bowl LIII, which matched up former Bulldogs in Rams superstar dual threat Todd Gurley and impressive Patriots first-round rookie Sony Michel.
Next in the pipeline looking to make the jump from Georgia to NFL success is 2019 NFL Scouting Combine attendee and mid-round prospect Elijah Holyfield, the son of former boxing heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield.
After sitting behind Michel and Nick Chubb, Holyfield broke out with 1,018 yards (6.4 avg.) and seven touchdowns last fall, pushing him to leave school early.
“We have a lot of good memories together. We spent two years together,” Holyfield said of Michel. “Just learning a lot from him and seeing how he came prepared every day. It’s now paying off for him.”
In fact Holyfield is loyal to all former Bulldogs backs, as he noted when asked which NFL runners he watches or patterns his game after.
“I love watching all great backs. Obviously I watch our Georgia backs because I don’t think anybody is better than them,” Holyfield said. “Todd, Sony and Nick, I watch them, but I also watch other guys like Ezekiel Elliot and guys like that.
“I just take a little bit from everybody.”
Holyfield, who was too young to really recall his father’s heyday in the ring, embraces being next in line in the Georgia running back road to the pros.
“It’s very important to me. We are RB U. I look to hold up that legacy as well,” he said.
And, yes, he considered a life in boxing but his athletic love was stronger elsewhere.
“It just the passion that I have for football,” Holyfield said. “It’s unmatched by any other sports. I’ve played plenty of other sports, but I’ve never felt the way that I do when I play football…It’s just continues to drive me.
“I have tried (boxing). I was pretty good at it. I could have went the boxing route, but the passion for football was too much for me.”