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Eagles OT says Jalen Hurts ‘deserves everything coming his way’

Jalen Hurts (#1) celebrates 8-0 start for Philadelphia Eagles after 29-17 victory over Houston Texans
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Jalen Hurts is now respected as one of the best young quarterbacks in the National Football League.

His work ethic and leadership took him from a second-round pick in 2020 to a $255 million man for the Philadelphia Eagles.

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He grew as a passer last season, totaling 3,701 yards. 

Hurts finished tenth in the league for passing yards among quarterbacks and recorded 35 total touchdowns to six interceptions in the regular season. He was even better in the playoffs, tallying eight touchdowns and no turnovers. Hurts was impressive in Super Bowl LVII with 304 passing yards, 70 rushing yards, and four touchdowns, despite a loss to Kansas City. He was in the conversation for Most Valuable Player in the NFL and NFL Offensive Player of the Year. The native Texan earned his bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Alabama in 2018 and marched over the weekend with his master’s degree from the University of Oklahoma. Jordan Mailata, an offensive tackle for the Eagles, said Hurts ‘deserves everything coming his way.’

“I mean shoutout to Professor Hurts,” Mailata said Monday on Good Morning Football. “He has earned everything that was given to him. It was no surprise to me that for a second he was a trendsetter, the highest-paid quarterback. He is what you want in a leader. He exemplifies everything that you want when it comes to taking accountability when we are down and leading by example. He’s proven that he can be a dominant passer, and he’s making plays when he needs to make plays.”

Philadelphia has its quarterback for the future, but Hurts is focused on winning a Super Bowl.

He will have a good opportunity at it 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.

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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