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Welcome to the Jalen Hurts' Era

As Jalen Hurts' last second Hail Mary attempt fell short and the Kansas City Chiefs and their fans erupted simultaneously, the sting of failure swept over the Philadelphia Eagles organization. Super Bowl LVII was everything that NFL fans could have asked for; a high scoring, back and forth matchup between the two best teams this year. One side will have their names etched in football history, while the other most likely had a silent plane ride back from Arizona. Despite the disappointing ending, the Eagles do have something to celebrate: they have found their franchise quarterback in Jalen Hurts.


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Fans of college football know Hurts' story all too well. From enrolling into the University of Alabama in 2016 and becoming the first true freshman to start at quarterback since 1984 to being benched at halftime in the National Championship against the Georgia Bulldogs a season later. Then transferring to Oklahoma in 2019 after helping the Crimson Tide complete their comeback in the 2018 SEC Championship Game where he relieved an injured Tua Tagovailoa. His college journey was one filled with resilience and poise, two attributes that would allow him to be officially named the starter in his rookie year after being selected on day two of the 2020 NFL draft by the Eagles.


The doubters and criticism that have followed Hurts throughout his tenure with the Eagles were becoming more and more silent as the 2022 NFL season went on. Leading the Eagles to the best record in football at 14-3, Hurts showed improvement in his arm strength and accuracy. Acquiring A.J. Brown gave Hurts the chance to show off this growth as they were one of the top quarterback to receiver duos all season. Hurts had an NFL MVP caliber season that one may argue was derailed by his shoulder injury, forcing him to miss two games in the late stages of the season. One cannot argue the fact however, the Hurts did not let this injury prevent him from outplaying Patrick Mahomes in the biggest game of the year on Sunday night.


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Hurts was magical as he finished the game 27 for 38 good for 304 passing yards and a passing touchdown. He also ran the ball for three rushing touchdowns which tied a Super Bowl record. He became the first player in NFL history to lose a Super Bowl despite accounting for four touchdowns. This prolific performance put the doubts to bed. He is the quarterback of the Eagles for the foreseeable future. The 24 year old is eligible to get signed to a long-term contract as he just as one year left on his rookie deal. The Eagles are fully aware of the bubbling talent that they have in their hands and will give him the big payday that he deserves. He is not finished and the NFL can only expect to see him improve and build upon this extraordinary season. Hurts himself expects it as well as after the game he said to the media, "The beautiful part is we experience different agony in life, and we decide how we want to move forward, how we want to learn. My only direction is to rise." Jalen Hurts' run is only getting started.

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