Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts could be feeling extra pressure heading into his first Super Bowl appearance by facing off against a legend in the making in Patrick Mahomes and trying to give eastern fans something to celebrate on. Sunday.
Averion Hurts, Jalen’s father and former high school football coach, isn’t too concerned about his son’s mindset and abilities. He’s seen firsthand how good he could be with a big hurdle in front of him.
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«He understands where he is and how to handle himself and that’s one of the amazing things about him,» Averion Hurts said. FOX 29 Philadelphia in the days before the game. «What I will honestly say is that God knew who to give what to. He can handle that.»
Hurts is just as banged up as Mahomes. The quarterback has been dealing with a sprained shoulder since the last month of the season and that caused him to miss some time and briefly handed over the reins to Gardner Minshew.
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Hurts and the Eagles earned a first-round bye after clinching the best record in the NFC and didn’t seem to show much rust in the two playoff games.
Averion Hurts told the station that watching his son struggle through the tougher parts of the trip was tough.
«The hardest part, as a father, was watching him go through the hard times and helping him get through the hard times,» he told the station. «But, you know, I always told him that it was something God had in his way for him to get through. He wasn’t caught up in it.»
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Hurts has a real shot at a Super Bowl ring on Sunday. The game begins at 6:30 pm ET and can be seen on FOX.