During an interview with CBS’ Cody Benjamin last fall, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts shared that he keeps God the center of his life after realizing that “God is everything.”
The 2020 second-round pick is in his third year as the Eagles starting quarterback. With a a 14-3 season and an NFC Championship win over the San Francisco 49ers, the 24-year-old is leading his team to Super Bowl LVII on Sunday. But despite his many achievements on the field in his budding career, it’s his faith off the field that’s garnering lots of attention in the media.
“I’ve just matured and realized that God is everything and he’s worthy of praise,” Hurts said as he discussed his faith. “You have to put [God] at the center of everything that you do. That’s what I believe.”
Jalen Hurts Says Family Taught Him About God
Jalen Hurts credits his family for his strong faith due them teaching him about God. “All my spiritual wisdom, all of my wisdom as a whole, comes from him, in some way, shape or form, whether that be passed down from my father, my mother, my grandmother,” Hurts said. “I just think, in all the things that we experience in life — good, bad or indifferent — you have to keep him in the center.
The young, electrifying quarterback explained that God is at the center of all he does and deserves all the praise for the man he is today. Hurts shared in the interview that someone asked him if by being an African American NFL quarterback in Philadelphia he feels like he has to “open up or be a certain way.”
Hurts replied, “This is who I am. God only made me one way. That’s to be me. That’s to be Jalen Hurts. I think, being in this city, being the quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles, and just having the opportunity to play the game I love most in the best city of football, I just go out there every day and I am who I am, and I keep God in the center, I give Him all the praise, I lean on Him all the time, and I know that everything unfolds the way it’s supposed to.”
In response to being questioned if pastoring is something he may do when his football career comes to an end, the 24-year-old said that he will “go wherever God leads me.” It’s a plan that former Philadelphia Eagles QB Nick Foles has been outspoken about throughout his career.
Hurts shared with Benjamin that he has “always envisioned being a coach” or something that involves working with kids.
Hurts is not the first Philadelphia Eagles quarterback in recent history to be outspoken about his faith. In 2018, Carson Wentz led the Eagles to a 41-33 Super Bowl victory over the New England Patriots. But the real showstopper was Wentz’s vow to play for an “Audience of One,” and how his faith helped influence salvation and growth among his teammates.