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Jalen Hurts returns to the state of Alabama with an excellent youth football camp

Jalen Hurts attempts a pass in 2018 vs. Louisville
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Today, a reminder was presented on why Alabamians love Jalen Hurts.

Few athletes are appreciated at two different schools and two fan bases, but Hurts has it.

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He spent his final collegiate season at Oklahoma; however, Alabama fans saw him for three years.

As a native of Channelview, Texas, Hurts did a lot for the Crimson Tide’s program. He led it to a Southeastern Conference Championship during his freshman year in 2016 and guided it to the College Football Playoff National Championship Game in 2017. Hurts came off the bench in the second half of the 2018 SEC title game to deliver Alabama to victory, and he set some school records. The Philadelphia Eagles selected him in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft, and Tide fans are excited to see what he does in his second season.

Before he takes the field, Hurts returned to the state of Alabama for his youth football camp.

Yours truly of Touchdown Alabama Magazine was in attendance at the Hoover Metropolitan Complex as the field was packed.

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People came out to support Hurts, and he had an incredible time. No matter what drill he was in, Hurts and his brother — Averion Hurts Jr. — encouraged the youth and gave each one something to remember. Jalen screamed, laughed, cheered, and danced through the morning session. He caught passes, threw passes, and lined up as a defensive back to create some fun competition.

The parents enjoyed their sons and nephews having fun; however, they were more impressed by Hurts’ message.

After each one-on-one, Hurts reminded everyone that resiliency, hard work, and self-confidence are important traits. All the campers and their families got photos with Hurts.

A rare breed is molding the next wave of great athletes, and he takes joy in it.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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