Jalen Hurts, Brock Purdy have already placed stamps on NFL record book

Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles (Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports)
Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles (Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports) /

Back in August, you probably had some thoughts and theories about there being some possibility of Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts taking a massive step forward and taking his place among the NFL’s most respected signal-callers. We most certainly did. We’ll be honest. We weren’t sure we’d be discussing him as a legitimate MVP candidate. Honestly, we thought it was possible, but we didn’t think that day would come so quickly.

We hoped an NFC Championship Game appearance was in the cards for the Eagles this season. We even thought it was possible that the San Francisco 49ers would be the opponent, but if we told you that we expected Brock Purdy to be their starting quarterback, we would be fibbing. What a difference a couple of months make.

Injuries to both Trey Lance and Jimmy Garoppolo have thrust Purdy into the spotlight, and he’s answered the call. He and Jalen Hurts headline Sunday’s quarterback duel to determine NFC superiority, and get this, they have already cracked the NFL’s record book.

The NFC Championship Game features Jalen Hurts in a meeting of two of the youngest quarterbacks to ever meet in an NFC Championship Game.

If you feel like those aches and pains make you feel old, try this one on for size. Sunday’s NFC Championship Game features a quarterback duel of which we have never seen in more than a century of NFL football. The combined ages of both Jalen Hurts and Brock Purdy make them the youngest pair of signal-callers to square off in an NFC Championship Game.

Jalen Hurts is 24 years young and won’t celebrate his 25th birthday until August 7th of 2023. Brock Purdy just turned 23 years young two days after Christmas. Do you feel old yet?

Regardless of what happens, we expect a good game (and hopefully an Eagles win). These two met in the Big 12 game once with Hurts’ Oklahoma Sooners toppling Burdy’s Iowa State Cyclones by a 42-41 margin. Hopefully, this one won’t be the same level of heart-stopper. Hopefully, the Eagles win and move on, but however this turns out and whatever tale is written, these two have a lot to be proud of, and they’re going to be great football players for a long time.

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