Jalen Hurts Named Sportsman of the Year BET Awards

June 27, 2023

Athlete Studio

Although the BET Awards are primarily renowned for honoring musical and cinematic accomplishments, Jalen Hurts took center stage in the sports realm. Alongside other prominent personalities such as Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Beyonce and more, Jalen Hurts was named the Sportsman of the Year at the annual ceremony. Additionally, Angel Reese, the standout LSU basketball star, garnered the esteemed title of Sportswoman of the Year.

The inclusion of prominent athletes like Patrick Mahomes, LeBron James, and Aaron Judge as nominees should provide a glimpse into the immense competition Jalen Hurts faced to secure the victory. In his third season in the NFL, Jalen Hurts demonstrated significant progress by throwing 22 touchdowns and only six interceptions, in addition to rushing for an impressive 13 touchdowns. Despite missing two games due to a right shoulder injury, Hurts finished as the runner-up to Patrick Mahomes in the NFL MVP voting.

Despite Jalen Hurts and the Eagles coming up short against Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs in Super Bowl LVII, with a narrow 38-35 loss, Hurts consistently displayed his brilliance throughout the game. He amassed an impressive 304 passing yards, contributed a passing touchdown, and added three remarkable rushing touchdowns to his name.

This offseason, Jalen Hurts was rightfully recognized for his achievements with a new contract extension, securing his future beyond the final year of his rookie deal. The Eagles, acknowledging his potential, sealed the deal with a substantial five-year, $255 million contract, ensuring Hurts over $179 million in guaranteed earnings.

As a testament to the remarkable progress Jalen Hurts has made in his NFL career, the former Second-Team All-Pro quarterback from last year has now secured the impressive fifth spot on Sports Illustrated's top players in his position heading into the 2023 season. This serves as a powerful reminder of the significant strides Hurts has taken thus far.

Jalen Hurts has consistently garnered recognition as one of the league's most composed and respected players, and his exceptional talent has rightfully led to his well-deserved accolade at the BET Awards. With a significant influx of new talent joining Hurts' roster, there are high expectations for him and his team in the upcoming season.

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