The past three starting quarterbacks to come out of Alabama will all start in Week 1 of this year’s NFL season.
Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa solidified himself as 2021 starter well before the start of this season following a decent rookie year in 2020. Second-year Philly quarterback, who’s long been expected to take this year’s starting role, was officially named the Eagles starter on Tuesday.
The Crimson Tide’s most recent quarterback product, rookie Mac Jones, officially earned the QB1 job for the Patriots earlier this week.
As the head coach of Alabama’s powerhouse program for the last 15 years, Nick Saban is no stranger to pumping out NFL-level talent. But, this quarterback streak is certainly something to be proud of.
Saban reacted to his former players’ success on Wednesday.
“[I’m] happy to see that they’re getting an opportunity to play and start at the next level,” Saban said, per The Tuscaloosa News. I never really had any issue thinking they would not have successful NFL careers. Now they have the opportunity to show how successful they can be.”
Tua and Jones, who both entered Saban’s Alabama program back in 2017, will face off in a Week 1 matchup between the Dolphins and Patriots. Tua was selected by Miami with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2020 draft and Jones was selected 15th out of this year’s pool.
Hurts, the 53rd overall pick in 2020, will kickoff the Eagles’ regular season with a Week 1 matchup against the Atlanta Falcons.
Saban may not have to look far to find his next NFL starting-quarterback talent. Slated to take the Crimson Tide’s starting job in 2021, former No. 1 overall recruit Bryce Young certainly has potential as a future QB1 in the league.