Jalen Hurts displays on doubters, journey to Super Bowl

Jalen Hurts can be a part of uncommon air on Sunday if he beats the Chiefs to change into simply the third quarterback to ever begin for a nationwide championship-winning staff in faculty and win a Super Bowl as a starter.

The Eagles quarterback’s path to presumably incomes each feats was definitely uncommon, if not unimaginable. He was benched at halftime within the 2017 title sport regardless of main Alabama to a 12-1 report that season. Tua Tagovailoa led Alabama to a comeback victory that evening to win the nationwide title and following the 2018 season, Hurts transferred to Oklahoma.

Five years later, Hurts believes that his mindset helped him get by that robust January evening to change into a Super Bowl beginning quarterback.

“I was going through a really tough time in college, going through things that no one else was going through,” Hurts stated at Super Bowl Opening Night. I knew I used to be going by it for a motive. That’s what I doubled down on. I imagine religion with out work is useless. So, whilst you have religion, you’ll be able to’t not be doing something. 

“I had a lot of faith and I put a lot of work in. I never stopped believing in myself and what I could be. I had limitless possibilities.”

Following a 2019 season that noticed him named a finalist for the Heisman, Hurts was picked by the Eagles within the second spherical of the 2020 NFL Draft. With Carson Wentz already on the town, he wasn’t anticipated to be a franchise quarterback for the Eagles. That sentiment remained after Wentz was traded following the 2020 season and even by the 2021 season, through which Hurts began and led the Eagles to the playoffs.

Hurts is not shy to confront the opinion that he wasn’t the Eagles’ long-term reply at quarterback answering the season.

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“It’s something that I embrace. It’s something that I embrace,” Hurts stated. “I embraced all the opinions. I embraced all the hate, the doubt. And I didn’t let it define me, and I won’t start letting it define me now.”

Hurts’ mindset is a part of the explanation why he is set to assist make historical past on Sunday. Hurts and Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes would be the first Black quarterbacks to go head-to-head and begin a Super Bowl. 

Hurts known as it “historic.”

“You think about all the rich history in this game, and to be a part of such a historic event, a historic moment, it’s special. There’s been so many quarterbacks before me, including Pat, helped lay the foundation for me to have this opportunity. Seven African-American quarterbacks to start in this game and now the first time to have two go head-to-head. That’s uplifting the next generation of quarterbacks, that 4-year-old or 5-year-old kid back in Houston, back in Philly, back in Texas, Louisiana and wherever across the world that regardless of what someone says or might have an opinion about you, you can do it. You can do it too. 

“I worth the platform that I’ve and I’m certain Pat does as properly, so we simply wish to encourage the subsequent folks.”

Hurts will actually be the second Black quarterback to start a Super Bowl for the Eagles. Donovan McNabb started for Philadelphia in Super Bowl XXXIX against the New England Patriots.

McNabb has mentored Hurts through the years and was the first person to reach out to his dad after he was drafted in 2020.

“His affect, his experiences, Mike [Vick’s] experiences, and Randall Cunningham’s experiences and having the ability to speak to them about a few of these issues with this metropolis,” Hurts said. “Philadelphia is a really particular metropolis and I feel that is one thing that is helped me this yr.”

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Donovan McNabb reached out to Jalen Hurts’ dad after being drafted by the Eagles

Donovan McNabb reached out to Jalen Hurts’ dad after being drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles.

Hurts acquired respect from these on his aspect and people on the opposite aspect forward of Super Bowl Sunday.

Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni in contrast Hurts to Michael Jordan, saying that he is impressed by somebody just like the NBA legend and thinks Hurts has related qualities.

“It’s the will to win of Jalen Hurts, it’s the will to win of Michael Jordan, that’s what I’m comparing that to,” Sirianni stated. “Michael Jordan’s the greatest of all time … but it’s just [their] wills to win. I don’t know what Jalen Hurts’ ceiling is because he keeps setting a new standard to what his ceiling could be. Guys in my experience that love football, that are tough, that put in the work every single day with the work ethic that he has, reach their ceiling.”

Eagles working again Miles Sanders defined why he respects Hurts’ management abilities: 

“Even Steven. You can’t really tell if he’s mad or happy. He’s one of those guys where if something crazy happens and you look at him and he’s cool then you’re going to be cool. He shows more than what he says. He talks a lot, don’t get me wrong, but I’m very observant and I’ve got a lot of respect for him. He just shows all his work. He shows it. It pays off, too.”

Eagles’ Miles Sanders on Jalen Hurts as a pacesetter: ‘He exhibits greater than what he says’

Eagles' Miles Sanders on Jalen Hurts as a leader: 'He shows more than what he says'

Philadelphia Eagles’ Miles Sanders on Jalen Hurts as a pacesetter and the way he exhibits greater than he talks.

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On the opposite aspect, Chiefs star defensive sort out Chris Jones is definitely impressed with how Hurts has performed this season.

“Jalen Hurts this year showed he was one of the best dynamic quarterbacks, dual-threat quarterbacks, in this league,” he stated. “Behind that offensive line and what A.J. Brown and what [DeVonta] Smith as his wide receivers, they’ve been one of the best offenses in the league. That speaks volumes for itself.”

Super Bowl LVIII will happen on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. on FOX and the FOX Sports App.

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