ESPN’s documentary-like ’30 for 30′ series ranks among its best programming and now, an Alabama fan on YouTube has created a faux trailer for a new episode starring Crimson Tide quarterback Jalen Hurts.
College GameDay analyst Kirk Herbstreit called Hurts’ two-touchdown performance in relief of Tua Tagovailoa in the SEC Championship Game vs. Georgia “Disney-like” last week, a memorable comeback victory that clinched the No. 1 seed in the College Football Playoff for the defending national champions.
For a guy who was officially named Alabama’s No. 2 early in the season and saw his shine dwindle in last season’s national title game after being benched at halftime, Hurts’ career came full circle when his team most needed him.
“This could be a movie, it really could, because he wasn’t just the starting quarterback,” Herbstreit said on ESPN. “He was the alpha. Guys looked at him for answers. Goes out in the second half, Tua (Tagovailoa) becomes Tua, the rest if history and instead of leaving the way everyone else seems to be doing now, he sticks it out, gets his opportunity when his team desperately needs him and he gets them through with two touchdowns to save their season. That’s as good as it gets.”
Hurts’ legacy is all the rage on social media this week following Alabama’s improbable comeback win led by its second-team — and somewhat forgotten — hero.
“I can look back after the national championship game when I’m in the hotel room with my parents, my brother, and my sister,” Hurts told ESPN on Sunday. “I’m in my mom and dad’s arms crying. I look up at my dad and said, ‘What’re we gonna do now?” He looked me in my eyes and said, ‘We’re gonna fight.’
“I’ve been fighting for a year not knowing what the result was going to be. Competing. Keeping faith. God was with me yesterday.”