Former Alabama QB Jalen Hurts scores in Super Bowl for Eagles, first Tide player to do it

Maxwell Donaldson
The Tuscaloosa News

Former Alabama football quarterback Jalen Hurts of the Philadelphia Eagles opened the scoring for Super Bowl 57 on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs with a rushing touchdown.

The touchdown gives Hurts the distinction of being the first former Crimson Tide player to score in the Super Bowl in any fashion. Hurts finished the Eagles' second drive with a 1-yard rushing touchdown.

With five minutes left in the game, Hurts has three rushing touchdowns and a passing touchdown. He has gone 27 of 37 for 304 yards while running for 70 yards. He added the second rushing right before the two-minute warning and the third touchdown tied the game with five minutes to go. He got the two-point conversion afterward to tie the game at 35. The three rushing touchdowns tie a Super Bowl record for touchdowns scored.

Hurts played for Alabama from 2016-18, leading the Crimson Tide to two National Championship appearances and two SEC Championships. He transferred to Oklahoma before being drafted in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft. He started in 15 games this season leading the Eagles to the NFC No. 1 seed while accounting for more than 4,400 and 35 touchdowns.

Hurts is the fourth former Alabama quarterback to lead his team to the Super bowl joining Bart Starr, Ken Stabler and Joe Namath, who combined to win four titles.

Hurts is joined on the Eagles by former Crimson Tide stars Devonta Smith, Landon Dickerson and Josh Jobe.

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