Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts had arguably the best game of his young NFL career in Super Bowl 57 against the Kansas City Chiefs.
But sometimes, sports can be cruel. Hurts outplayed the game’s best player, Patrick Mahomes, and yet still found himself on the losing end of a back-and-forth thriller by a final score of 38-35.
27 completions, 304 passing yards, one passing touchdown, 70 rushing yards and three rushing scores were somehow not enough for Hurts and the Eagles to claim football’s ultimate prize. Mahomes and the Kansas City offense did just enough to squeak out a victory.
During an interview with Dave Spadaro of the Eagles’ team website, Hurts talked about what he learned over the most painful loss of his football career:
“I think there is definitely a lot to learn from it. I have had the opportunity to watch it and I think I’m going to move forward with all of those experiences in mind and try to use those things to better myself and grow and help the guys around me and we’re going to definitely use that as an experience to take a step and move forward.
You have to look yourself in the mirror and assess it for what it is and do the things that need to be done to grow from it. I think that’s my mentality going on and I think that will be this whole entire team’s mentality moving forward…
I call them formative experiences. They are all teachable moments and you decide whether you want to learn from them or not. I really believe that and that is something that I control and that is something that every individual in this organization controls and how we want to respond from it and to it…There is so much to be thankful for, so much to give gratitude towards. When you move forward, you move forward after times like this and I’ve experienced a number of things in seven years since my freshman year at Alabama, losing the National Championship there, you all know what it is.”
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There are many great quarterbacks who went through a plethora of heartbreak before finally breaking through with a Super Bowl championship. For one, Denver Broncos legend John Elway lost three Super Bowl games before winning back-to-back titles to close out his career.
Matthew Stafford spent 12 mostly frustrating years with the Detroit Lions before winning a Super Bowl ring in his first year with his new team in the Los Angeles Rams.
Hurts is only 24 years of age and coming off an MVP-caliber season. Without a doubt, Hurts and the Eagles will have several more prime opportunities to win a Super Bowl together.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.