'Gurley Bill' close to becoming Georgia law

Todd Gurley certainly made a lasting impression on Georgia’s football program. He might soon leave a mark on the state's lawbooks, as well.

The Georgia Senate this week approved a bill -- known locally as the "Gurley Bill" -- that would punish sports memorabilia dealers who tempt college athletes to risk their eligibility.

The NCAA suspended star running back Gurley for four games last season after news broke that he had accepted money for selling his autograph to a dealer.

“I made a dumb mistake,” Gurley said at Georgia’s pro day according to the Athens Banner-Herald. “Something I did my freshman, sophomore year. I shouldn’t have done it. I knew the rules. I still broke them. I’m definitely ready to move on and get on with my life.”

Gurley entered the NFL draft after his junior season and is the No. 1 running back and No. 14 overall player on ESPN Scouts Inc.’s listInsider of top draft prospects for this month’s draft. The Gurley Bill will now go to Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal’s desk and will become state law should Deal sign the document.