Jalen Alexander Hurts (1998-)

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Jalen Hurts, November 14, 2022
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Jalen Alexander Hurts is a professional football quarterback for the Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) Eagles for the National Football League (NFL). He will lead his team against Patrick Mahomes II and the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl 57 in Glendale, Arizona on February 12, 2023.  This contest will be the first time in NFL history where two African American Quarterbacks have led their teams to the Super Bowl.

Hurts played college football at the University of Alabama, where he was a part of the team that won the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship. He entered the 2020 NFL Draft in the second round. During his time playing in the NFL, Hurts was voted in the pro bowl (2022) and Second-Team All-Pro (2022).

Hurts was born on August 7, 1998, to Pamela and Averion Hurts in Houston, Texas. Growing up, Hurts attended Channelview High School in Channelview, a Houston suburb. His father was the football team coach at Channelview when Hurts played for the team. During his senior year, Hurts passed 2,384 yards with 26 touchdown passes and rushed for 1,391 yards and 25 touchdowns.

Hurts graduated from Channelview High School in 2016. After graduating high school, Hurts attended the University of Alabama, where he played for the Alabama Crimson Tide football team. During his first year, Hurts threw for 2,780 yards and 23 touchdowns. Hurts that season also became the first quarterback who Nick Saban coached to rush for more than 11 touchdowns in a single season. He was also the first player in the history of the Alabama football team to pass for 300 yards and rush for 100 yards. Hurts led the Crimson Tide to a win in the SEC Championship against the Florida Gators but he and the Crimson Tide lost to the Clemson University Tigers in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship game. Hurts, nonetheless, was named SEC Offensive Player of the Year and SEC Freshman of the Year that season.

During his Sophomore year, Hurts led the Crimson Tide to the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship game against the Georgia Bulldogs. He was benched during the game for poor play performance and future NFL Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa would would lead a comeback, winning the game against the Bulldogs.

During his Junior year, Hurts would be the backup quarterback to Tagovailoa, who led the Crimson Tide to the 2019 College Football National Championship game but again losing to the Clemson Tigers, led by another future NFL Quarterback, Trevor Lawrence.

During his senior year, Hurts transferred to the University of Oklahoma, where he played for the Oklahoma Sooners. He would lead the Sooners to the 2019 Peach Bowl, where they would lose to LSU Tigers. Hurts finished second in Heisman Trophy, voting behind Joseph Burrow who would become the quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals.

The Philadelphia Eagles selected Hurts in the 53rd overall in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft. During his rookie season, Hurts was the backup quarterback to Carson Wentz and saw little playing time. During the 2021 NFL Season, Hurts led the Eagles to the playoffs, where they lost to Tampa Bay (Florida) Buccaneers in the NFL Wild Card Round. During the 2022 NFL Season, Hurts would lead the Eagles to Super Bowl 57 to take on the Chiefs led by Patrick Mahomes II.

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