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Jalen Hurts captures NFC Offensive Player of the Year for 2022

Jalen Hurts drops back to pass against the Giants
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The Philadelphia Eagles took a chance on an Alabama quarterback in the 2020 NFL Draft.

People did not like the move for Jalen Hurts with the Eagles having Carson Wentz, but the brass of the Eagles saw something valuable in Hurts. In his third season, the reason Philadelphia took the native Texan emerged. Hurts grew as a complete player, leading the Eagles to 14 wins and the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs. He finished tenth in the National Football League for passing yards (3,701) in the regular season with 35 touchdowns. Hurts finished in the top 10 among quarterbacks in the league in several categories. He took his game to another level in the postseason, collecting 579 passing yards, 143 rushing yards, and eight scores.

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Hurts dominated Super Bowl LVII despite Philadelphia’s loss to Kansas City. He tallied 304 passing yards, 70 rushing yards, and four touchdowns. As a former four-star prospect, Hurts was a finalist for NFL’s Most Valuable Player and Associated Press Offensive Player of the Year. He captured the NFC’s Offensive Player of the Year honor at 101 Awards over the weekend. 

Hurts thanked his parents, family members, teammates, coaches, and Philadelphia’s front office for his success.

He is looking at a contract extension this offseason.

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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.

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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