There’s an old saying that goes something like this. Successful people are highly educated and motivated people that are driven. Now, if you’re a Philadelphia Eagles fan that decided to read this story and are wondering what on Planet Earth that has to do with Birds fans and Jalen Hurts, pay attention. There’s a point to be made here.
The most important part of the aforementioned formula is drive. If you’re educated but lack motivation and drive, you won’t make it. If you’re educated and have some motivation but lack drive, you’ll still struggle. Why? It’s simple. Drive is that engine in you that says get up and do something even if you don’t feel like it.
Here’s what Philadelphia Eagles fans are missing about Jalen Hurts.
Now, take everything that you just read, and think about this. If you don’t know how to do it (or you lack the education) and you have that drive to get it done, you’ll still be alright. You may miss out on a few gigs because they require the appropriate degree, but you’ll get your shot.
Over the past four seasons, we’ve seen Jalen Hurts leave one elite program (Alabama) for another (Oklahoma). We were told he couldn’t pass until he found himself a quarterback whisperer (Lincoln Riley). We’ve seen him vault himself into the Heisman conversation. We’ve seen him go work out heavily right after games wrapped, especially if he won and played well.
Hurts is a grownup, and that’s part of the reason that, once he found his way to the Quarterback Factory (sorry, some of us are never going to let that go), it was game on.
Carson Wentz faltered in 2020. There’s also some debate about whether or not he ever won the locker room. You remember those anonymous sources, don’t you? Hurts got his shot to take his job. He did, and Carson Wentz decided he didn’t want to fight to get it back.
How did that end? Wentz got traded. Hurts gets a promotion (for now), but while we all go back and forth with each other about why he’ll be good or why he won’t, here’s what some of you missed.
This Eagles team played its arse off for Hurts in Wentz’s absence. Yes, successful people are highly motivated people who are driven, but sometimes, successful quarterbacks are talented and unpolished signal-callers who have decided that, regardless of what the perceived weakness is in their game, they refuse to “leave any money on the table”. Hurts has that drive. He’ll figure it out.
Hurts will win. That’s what he’s always done, and one of the biggest reasons for that is he’s won his teammates and the locker room. Just look at what Lane Johnson said about him in a recent interview on SiriusXM NFL Radio.
"He’s got that confidence to him. He carries himself like a veteran. The things he can do on the field, he can scramble outside of the pocket, and when that happens, it makes it a little easier for the offensive line."
That doesn’t seem like much, but that’s a 31-year-old, now-nine-year veteran that’s earned three Pro Bowl nods, and he’s talking about a guy who’s made four career starts in the NFL. Let this sink in. Take a picture. Write it down. Do whatever you need to do.
Listen to how Jalen Hurts teammates on this Philadelphia Eagles roster talk about him. How many times have you heard words like ‘maturity’ and ‘leader’? Look at how he’s been praised by now two coaching staffs.
Hurts will win, and not because his deep ball still needs work and not because he’s still a better runner than a passer. Hurts will win because there’s an entire Philadelphia Eagles team on offense and defense that will run through a wall for him. He’ll win because he doesn’t know how to slack off. He’s a grinder, one with that drive those successful people tend to have.
He’ll be fine. You’ll see. The grown-up that still has things to work on beats the super talented guy that hasn’t won his locker room every time. Somebody go find Jeff George or Ryan Leaf and ask them.