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  • Writer's pictureKevin Scarbinsky

Life lessons: The rise of Jalen Hurts and Tua learning to fall

Of course they both made big news in the same week, though in very different ways that no one could have or would have predicted when they stood on the same sideline in Tuscaloosa. Three full seasons after their final college games, Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa remain linked in a way that few former teammates are, as competitors and supporters, consummate team players and favorite sons.

Hurts created headlines Monday when he agreed to a contract with the Philadelphia Eagles that will make him the highest-paid player in NFL history by average annual salary at $51 million a year. If it seems like too much, too soon for a third-year player with one runner-up finish in the MVP race and the Super Bowl, no one who knows his story would begrudge him a nickel.

Around here, everyone knows his story and respects the decision that normally would earn a player a place in Alabama infamy. Instead Hurts has become the most beloved former Crimson Tide player to leave the program and play his final college season elsewhere. ...

While Hurts has been held up higher than ever as a role model since Monday, Tua came across Wednesday as even more of a sympathetic figure than he already was in the wake of yet another injury-plagued season, this one scarier than any he had experienced before. ...

Read the rest of Kevin's contemplation on two of Alabama's favorite sons. Only in The Lede.

Quarterbacks Jalen Hurts (2) and Tua Tagovailoa became and remain two of Alabama football's favorite sons.


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