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SEC Network honors three former Tide quarterbacks who are NFL starters

Graphic of Mac Jones, Jalen Hurts, and Tua Tagovailoa as starting NFL quarterbacks
Graphic of Mac Jones, Jalen Hurts, and Tua Tagovailoa as starting NFL quarterbacks comes via SEC Network

Alabama fans knew it had something special in 2017, but they did not know how it would play out in the NFL.

The Crimson Tide would secure a College Football Playoff National Championship with three quarterbacks on its roster.

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Jalen Hurts guided Alabama to the title game, Tua Tagovailoa won the matchup off the bench, and Mac Jones was a student of the game behind them. All three signal-callers brought different skill sets to the team. Hurts was a confident leader, Tagovailoa was a passing prodigy, and Jones was a combination of both.

Alabama had three players that contributed to its championship success, and now they are starters in the National Football League. Hurts was a second-round pick by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2020 NFL Draft, while Tagovailoa and Jones were first-round selections. The idea of Nick Saban producing only “game managers” at the quarterback position is about to be over.

Hurts, Tagovailoa, and Jones will start week one of the season.

On Tuesday, the New England Patriots released Cam Newton. Jones’ dominance in practices and preseason games made Bill Belichick comfortable in going with him.

The 2020 national champion will face Tagovailoa and the Miami Dolphins to open the NFL regular season.

According to SEC Network, the program released a graphic on Twitter to honor all three quarterbacks.

Coach Saban is about to make Alabama “Quarterback U” very soon.

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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 “watch” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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