Gerhart was born on March 28, 1987 in Norco, California. In his four years at Norco High School, Gerhart set the California state record for rushing yards in a career with 9,662 yards, the third-most nationally. He led his team to the CIF Division 5 Southern Section football championship in 2005. He was named the Gatorade California High School Player of the Year and California’s Mr. Football.
After rushing for 375 yards as a backup his freshman year, Gerhart played in only one game the follow year after suffering a knee injury.
As a junior, Gerhart became just the fifth player in school history to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season. That year, he finished the year with 1,136 yards and 15 TDs.
As a senior, he led the Pac-10 and the NCAA with 1,871 rushing yards and 28 rushing TDs. He finished second in voting for the Heisman Trophy and a consensus All-American. He was also the recipient of the the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year Award and the Doak Walker Award.
Gerhart was drafted in the second round (51st-overall) by the Vikings in the 2010 NFL Draft.
For the first four years of his career, Gerhart has been the primary back-up for Adrian Peterson. In four years with the Vikings, he made six starts and rushed for 1,305 yards and five TDs.
Despite getting only 36 carries in 2013, Gerhart averaged 8 yards per carry.
On March 11, 2014, Gerhart signed a three-year, $10 million contract with the Jaguars.
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