Former Alabama golf All-American Justin Thomas and current Crimson Tide quarterback Jalen Hurts are among the 10 best-mannered people of 2018, according to the National League of Junior Cotillions’ annual list.
“The selections are made based on each person’s commitment to honor, dignity and mannerly conduct,” NLJC President Charles Winters said in a release announcing the 2018 choices this week. “We feel these 10 individuals have distinguished themselves through excellence of character and conduct and applaud them for their contributions to society.”
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees topped the 2018 list. Thomas placed second and Hurts 10th.
At Alabama, Thomas was the National Player of the Year in 2012 and a member of the Crimson Tide’s national-championship team in 2013.
He’s currently No. 4 in the World Golf Ranking after leading the PGA Tour in money won for the past two seasons.
Thomas made the list “for consistently treating his fans and fellow golfers with respect and kindness.”
Even though Alabama had a 27-2 record during his two seasons as the Crimson Tide’s quarterback, Hurts lost the starting position to Tua Tagovailoa this season. Hurts stuck it out, though, and helped Alabama defeat Georgia 35-28 in the SEC Championship Game on Dec. 1 after an injury forced Tagovailoa out of the contest.
The group cited Hurts “for demonstrating exemplary character through a challenging transition.”
Hurts and Alabama will take on Clemson in the CFP national-championship game on Monday night at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California — and he won’t be the only person from the best-mannered list on the field.
Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence placed eighth on the list “for setting an excellent example for today’s youth as an athlete and leader.”
The other best-mannered people for 2018 included singer and songwriter Ed Sheeran, actors Will Smith and Mark Wahlberg, golfer Lexi Thompson, NBA All-Star Stephen Curry and actress and singer Zendaya Coleman.
Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at @AMarkG1.