Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts is featured on the TIME100 Next list, which recognizes the rising leaders in health, climate, business, sports, the arts, and more, writes Sam Jacobs for Time Magazine.
Hurts came into the national spotlight when he led the Birds to the Super Bowl earlier this year.
However, he was noticed by another football legend, Peyton Manning, much earlier.
“I first met Jalen Hurts when he was in college and a counselor at the Manning Passing Academy, a summer football camp for high school players.,” wrote Manning in his profile of the player for Time. “I’ve admired him ever since.”
Manning noted that Hurts has a strong willingness to learn and is constantly thinking about ways to get better. He also sometimes contacts Manning to ask about plays his team can run in the red zone.
“Jalen is a natural leader who cares about his job and the organization that he plays for,” wrote Manning.
Hurts was signed by the Eagles to a record-breaking contract extension during the offseason.
The quarterback made it clear that he feels accountability and responsibility to make sure he justifies the investment made by the team.
Read more about the rising star’s impact on and off the field in Time Magazine.
More about Jalen Hurts in Time 100NEXT.