Jalen Hurts: "Thrill in Not Being Satisfied"

July 10, 2023

Athlete Studio

Jalen Hurts is always striving to be better. After a remarkable season that brought the Philadelphia Eagles to the Super Bowl, Hurts is working to elevate his game to even greater heights and doing everything he can to come out on top next season.

In a recent interview on the AP Pro Football Podcast, Hurts shared his mindset, stating, "Everybody aspires to be the best and works to be the best, but ultimately you have to find some separation. And that's the thrill. There's a thrill in not being satisfied and there's a thrill in being on this journey, and I have embraced that. I love this game and I know my purpose within this game. I truly just want to be intentional... So every day I just try to be the best that I can be and that is not based off of external factors. Those things don't matter. You just try and control what you can."

Hurts, drafted back in 2020, found his place in the league quickly. At only 24 years old, during his second full season starting, he threw for an impressive 3,701 yards and 22 touchdowns, while also showcasing his rushing ability with 760 yards and 13 scores. His outstanding performance earned him a second-place finish in the AP NFL MVP voting and a third-place finish for the Offensive Player of the Year award.

In April, the Eagles recognized Hurts' immense potential and dedication by awarding him a historic $255 million, five-year contract extension. However, his hunger for improvement extends beyond the football field. Hurts also obtained a master's degree from the University of Oklahoma and made his acting debut in a short film by Teyana Taylor. Furthermore, he recently signed a multiyear deal with A-Shoc beverages, solidifying his commitment to promoting Accelerator energy drinks while also gaining an equity stake in the business.

Despite the various activities Hurts has been involved in during the offseason, he remains focused on honing his skills. Eagles coach Nick Sirianni and offensive coordinator Brian Johnson have been actively acknowledging Hurts' work ethic. Johnson expressed his unwavering belief in Hurts' limitless potential, stating, "We'll never put a ceiling on what he can accomplish. I think with Jalen, nothing that he ever does will surprise me. He works like a madman. He's very, very diligent. He's very intentional about what he wants, and that shows on a daily basis in how he operates."

When asked if he intends to stay in the pocket more, Hurts responded, "I put a lot of work in. I invest a ton into this and always have, and I just want to continue to quantify my work. That's been something that I've been able to do since I've been in college. So that's always my goal. Find those weaknesses and turn them into your strengths. And then if you do have a strength, boost it and make it a touch stronger." 

With a handful of new young stars recently brought on to the Eagles defense and a mentality like that of Hurts, we can expect Philadelphia to be firing on all cylinders in the coming season.

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