Todd Gurley will be busy preparing for his Super Bowl matchup against the Patriots when the league's top players face off in this year's Pro Bowl. 


However, don't fret; the NFL has already selected the running back to take his place amongst the NFC's other Pro Bowlers, with the ​Carolina Panthers' ​Christian McCaffrey tabbed as his replacement.


McCaffrey's second year out of college, his role bolstered by the absence of Jonathan Stewart, who signed a contract with the New York Giants in the offseason, proved to be fruitful. The kid's offensive production powered the Panthers to their 7-9 record, while also allowing him to break several franchise records in the process. 

McCaffrey will play alongside the Dallas Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott and the New York Giants' Saquon Barkley in the game, three backs that look to play large roles in the futures of their respective teams. McCaffrey will also be joined by familiar faces from the Panthers including guard Trai Turner, a member of the offensive line he ran behind this year in Carolina. 

The Panthers ultimately regressed from their playoff birth last season and ended with more losses than wins, but with McCaffrey's continual improvement and the skill set he's shown on the field, Carolina looks to figure into the NFC's playoff picture once more next year. It will be up to him, coach Ron Rivera, and quarterback Cam Newton (pending his injury rehab) to steer the franchise back on track.