Former Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts has opened up about his relationship with Nick Saban heading into the NFL Draft.
Hurts, who stood out at the NFL Scouting Combine, played his first three seasons of college football in Tuscaloosa, Ala. He led the Crimson Tide to a College Football Playoff national title game appearance in his freshman season. Hurts was ultimately replaced under center by Tua Tagovailoa in the 2017 national title game and didn’t get his job back.
The former Alabama quarterback transferred to Oklahoma for his final college football season. He led the Sooners to the College Football Playoff.
Hurts has opened up about his relationship with Saban heading into the NFL Draft. It would be understandable if Hurts had some ill feelings toward Saban, considering he took his starting job away, but that isn’t the case – at all.
The former Alabama quarterback says he has great respect for the Crimson Tide head coach.
“I’ve got a lot of appreciation for him and a lot of respect of him. We’re more similar than people realize,” Hurts said. “He’s a relentless competitor. He takes a straight on approach to what he does. And those similarities are exact reason why I chose to go the university.”
Hurts also commented on his relationship with Tua Tagovailoa. That is also a strong one.
“That’s a relationship that’ll never go away. I talk to him and kept in touch with him all year,” he said.
“That’s a relationship that’ll never go away. I talk to him and kept in touch with him all year.”@JalenHurts tells @JeremySchaap about his relationship with @Tuaamann as they both enter the 2020 NFL Draft. pic.twitter.com/ogcEIMUO5k
— Outside The Lines (@OTLonESPN) March 7, 2020
It’s cool to see that Hurts still has a good relationship with Saban and Tagovailoa. Those relationships will likely last a lifetime.
Hopefully both Hurts and Tagovailoa will go on to have great success in the NFL.