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Jalen Hurts. The man, the myth and the inspiration.

Justin Smith Touchdown Alabama Magazine

The University of Alabama has adopted the slogan “Where Legends Are Made” and Alabama football has produced its fair share of legends. From Julio Jones to Joe Namath, the Crimson Tide has produced legendary players, who have place their stamp on the sport of football. However, the latest addition to this legend’s club did not only get this status for his on the field talents, but for his off the field moments.

The story that has surrounded Jalen Hurts since Jan. 8, 2018 was the fact that he was replaced in the fourth quarter of the 2018 National Championship game by his backup, Tua Tagovailoa, who went on to lead the Crimson Tide to a comeback win and their 17th National Championship. A story that is sometimes over look is deads like the one Hurts did during that off season. Of course, He trained to compete for Alabama’s starting quarterback job, but he also took a trip along with former Alabama linebacker, Mack Wilson, to rural Alabama.

The duo took a trip to Perry County, which is in the heart of the poverty-striken black-belt area to offer their own sense of motivation to the youth and the counties’ citizens. The faces of the young and old were filled with glow and admiration to see the well known collegiate athletes in their own backyard.

This moment was just one of the many memorable moments Hurts had off the field. He continued to use his name and brand to impact the lives of others. From attending proms to surprised pop ups, his generosity would flood social media well into the season and throughout it.

UA employee, Denise Albritton, was one of the lucky ones on the receiving end of Hurts’ generosity. Her excitement easily painted the picture of what Hurts means to many.


If one was to ask Hurts why he does these type of things he will attributed it to people getting their just due.

“I am big on giving back,” Hurts said. “I didn’t get here by myself. There are a lot of people back home that have had an impact on me. Being able to give back and give others their just due means a lot.”

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Justin Smith is a Scouting/Recruiting analyst for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter, via @Jdsmith31Smith

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