Jalen Hurts, 24, says he has fully embraced the situation he is in as he is trying to find the joy in his journey to hopefully becoming a Super Bowl champion one day. This past season, Hurts was playing at an MVP level and led the Philadelphia Eagles to the Super Bowl.
Hurts, who has been in the NFL since 2020, fell just short of becoming a Super Bowl champion in his third season in the league after the Kansas City Chiefs beat the Eagles 38-35 in the Super Bowl. Falling so short of a Super Bowl win was extremely painful but Hurts doesn't want to dwell on it and let it affect his future.
“There’s a thrill in not being satisfied and there’s a thrill in being on this journey, and I have embraced that. I love this game and I know my purpose within this game. So every day I just try to be the best that I can be and that is not based off of external factors.
Those things don’t matter. You just try and control what you can," Hurts told The Associated Press.
Hurts was praised by Patrick Mahomes
In the Super Bowl LVII, Hurts and Mahomes delivered an absolute show. After the game, Mahomes took a moment to acknowledge Hurts' performance and had a message for the Eagles quarterback's doubters.
“If there were any doubters left there shouldn’t be now. The way he [Hurts] stepped on this stage, and ran, threw the ball, whatever it took for his team to win. I don’t want it to get lost in the loss that they had.
I mean, even whenever we got all the momentum in that game, and we went up eight points in the fourth quarter, for him to respond and move his team down the football field and run in himself in a two-point conversion, it was a special performance by him and I mean, you make sure you appreciate that when you look back on this game," Mahomes said of Hurts after the Super Bowl. It remains to be seen if Hurts can go a step further with the Eagles in 2023.