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Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa ‘want to see each other win’ in NFL

Jalen Hurts (#1) celebrates Eagles victory over Washington
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Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa are storylines in joint practices between the Philadelphia Eagles and Miami Dolphins.

Both have individual goals and team goals for this season, but the former Alabama football teammates want to see each other have success in the National Football League. Tagovailoa came off the bench as a freshman in the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship Game to help Hurts and the Crimson Tide win a national championship over Georgia. Hurts returned the favor in the 2018 Southeastern Championship Game. He replaced an injured Tagovailoa and led Alabama to a 35-28 victory.

Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa celebrate a score against Tennessee

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According to Cameron Wolfe, a National NFL reporter for NFL Network, Hurts said he and Tagovailoa ‘want to see each other win.’

“I reached out to Tua when they had a joint practice with the Falcons last year,” he said. “Before our game, I reached to him, he gave me some good insight on things, and he told me how he was seeing their defense. I gave him some insight on the Patriots because they played them early in the season last year. It is always good to be connected with guys around the league. It was all to help a friend. It is about being a companion throughout the process. I want to see him win, and I know he wants to see me win.”

Hurts and Tagovailoa have both played well in training camp. Hurts has the Eagles believing in him as their guy while Mike McDaniel is excited to make Tagovailoa a superstar in Miami. It will be fun watching both young men excel in the fall.

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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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