Up To The Challenge: Jalen Hurts Is Ready For A New Era In Philly

Up To The Challenge: Jalen Hurts Is Ready For A New Era In Philly

Jalen Hurts has something to prove. After a rollercoaster rookie season in Philly, the quarterback is ready to step up to the plate as QB1 and lead his team to a successful season. As regular season kickoff approaches, he has one goal in mind: WIN.

We asked Jalen about Philly’s new leadership, what he’s most excited for this season, and what kind of mark he wants to leave on the game. Here’s what he had to say.

“Jalen Hurts is a rare breed.

I’m gonna prove that I am what I say I am. “

Q: You’ve got a new head coach and a new offensive system to adapt to this year. What has the transition to this new system been like, and what are you most excited about for this offense?

A: This year, I’m excited for an opportunity to do what I love – to go out there and play and compete. We truly have an opportunity to do something special, and taking advantage of that, working, holding each other accountable to do the things that we need to do so we can be successful, that’s what I’m most excited about.

We’re going into this new season with new everything – new coaches, new playbook, everything’s new – and we’re very excited about it. Excited about the energy Coach Sirianni is bringing in, the values and principles he’s instilling in the team. Piece by piece, we’re buying into it, coming together and being a true team, getting ready to go out there and have success.

Q: What are some personal goals you’ve set for yourself this upcoming season?

A: When it comes to individual goals and personal goals, I talk to God and we have our good conversations. But I keep it very simple: Win, Win, Win. That’s why we work. That’s where my joy comes from. It comes from winning.

There’s always the thrill of not being satisfied. Knowing that there’s always room for improvement, always more to work on. Enough is never enough.

 

Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback Jalen Hurts Eastbay Football By Color

“My football career will be defined by me. Did I use this game of football to open up doors elsewhere, create new roads and avenues to serve, uplift, change? Did I do that? That’s how I define it.”

 Q: Where do you think we will see the biggest leap in your game?

A: Ever since I came into college, my freshmen year, sophomore year, junior year, senior year, every year I just gradually got better. And it just clicked for me. You take natural steps as a player – with the work you put in and what you invest – you get that out in the end, when you put that work in and you do things the right way. I’m just ready for it. I’m excited for it.

Q: Most often with teams, the quarterback is the leader in the locker room. This will be your first season in Philly where there is a strong chance you’ll be the starting QB. How do you go about getting guys, some who have never been around you or played with you before, to buy into the team and buy into you as the leader of the team?

A: You have to compete at everything you do. We’re in this every single day and you get out what you put in. I pride myself on putting something in every day – mentally, emotionally, physically, whatever it is – it all matters. In a nutshell, that’s what my leadership is. Accountability is value #1 for me. Not being a hypocrite is value #2, because as a leader, people are going to look at you and say, “What are you doing? How is he handling this?” All eyes are on you, so how you respond to a situation is very crucial. I never get on a guy, I never hassle a guy for not doing something that I ain’t doing. As a leader, I try to be a man of character, I try to be a man that’s going to do my job. I hold myself to the highest standard possible. So anything anyone else says doesn’t mean much to me, because I have the highest standard.

Q: You’ve got one of your old Alabama teammates in DeVonta Smith lined up out wide again. How was it getting on the same page and getting back that chemistry that you two had in college?  

A: It’s really crazy, because you talk about having a family feel on a football team. I’ve been fortunate enough to build those relationships with people I haven’t been with as far back as college, from the offensive line to the defensive line to the secondary to other guys in the receiving core, and that’s exciting. But having DeVonta is crazy because we talked about it. We spoke it into existence. We said, we’ll play again. We’ll get a real shot at this. And here we have a great opportunity to do something special.

Jalen Hurts Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback Eastbay Football By Color

“Football is more than a game. I think about all the opportunities I’ve had due to this game. Picking up a ball when I was four years old, just having it in my hand, all the experiences coming up as a kid, the opportunities I’ve had to serve, to uplift, impact those around me, young and old. It’s more than a game. And in my eyes, that’s what it’s all about. If I left tomorrow, I could look back and say I’ve impacted people’s lives.”

 

Q: Philly crowds are notoriously tough to please. Would you say Alabama or Philly has a more raucous fanbase?

A: Alabama has a high pedigree of winning championships, and that standard has been instilled in me. Go to Oklahoma, and it’s the same thing. A tough fan base that expects greatness, that expects a standard of play at the highest level. They expect to be in the playoffs and compete for national titles. It’s the same thing here in Philadelphia, the grittiness and the “get muddy, get dirty” mentality to go get it done. I admire that.

Q: Including college and your time in the league, you’ve had quite an interesting career. Looking back, if you had the chance to give some advice to 14-year-old Jalen Hurts, what would it be?

A: Where I’m sitting now, I have this opportunity where I can be a light to so many children around the world. I think about what message I want to deliver to them. I truly believe if you believe in yourself, anything is attainable. Put your mind to it, and you can go get it. And that’s the message I send out to all kids, everywhere. Listen to the people around you, respect the people around you, your elders. Do what’s right because it’s right and go get it. You’ve gotta believe in yourself before you do anything.

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Want to know more about Jalen and how he made his dreams of going pro a reality? We’ve got you covered. Here are the Five Tools You Need To Make It In The League, straight from him and some other players you might recognize.

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Beau Allen: A Multi-Sport Mindset

Beau Allen: A Multi-Sport Mindset

Every year around the country the number of youth travel teams for sports like basketball, volleyball, baseball/softball, and soccer is sky-rocketing, according to USAFootball.com.

Parents are spending top dollar for their kids to play in tournaments year-round in a single sport, rather than having them in multiple sports during their respective seasons.

In response to these dedicated travel teams popping up around the country, youth participation in recreational sports continues to drop every year because the kids are traveling around the country playing one sport in elite tournaments to get exposure.

Although many parents and coaches try to get their kids to focus on just one sport, many still push their kids to be multi-sport athletes because of these positives:

  • All athletic movements transfer from sport to sport.
  • Athletes learn how to compete in different sports.
  • Playing different sports builds your overall sports intelligence.
  • Different sports work different muscles, preventing young athletes from burnout or injury.

Philadelphia Eagles defensive lineman, and this month’s Eastbay cover athlete, Beau Allen grew up playing a number of different sports and continues to share the importance of being a multi-sport athlete today.

Beau Allen

Growing up, Allen competed in football, hockey, lacrosse and track, and also said he played in rec basketball leagues and would water ski and wakeboard often. Although football was his calling when it came time to choose a college, Allen said each sport played a role in making him the complete athlete he is today.

Beau Allen: Becoming Explosive

Beau Allen: Becoming Explosive

As a seventh round pick, making it in the NFL is no easy task.

However, when defensive tackle Beau Allen got the call on draft day in 2014 informing him that he had been drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles with the 224th pick, he was confident that he would succeed because of his work ethic and competitive drive.

At 6-foot-3 and 330 pounds, Allen knew he had the size to be a force on the defensive line in the NFL, but would need to become stronger and more explosive to make an impact. From day one in Philadelphia he hit the weights to show he had what it takes, quickly learning it wasn’t just about how much weight he could bench or squat.

“You just need to change your goals sometimes, so right now I’m working more on explosive strength and flexibility,” Allen said. “You see a lot of guys change up their routines once they get to the NFL because they know what they need and they know what other guys are doing. You’ve always got to stay on top of your body.”

This was a big change for a guy who considered himself “a big meathead” and loved to bench and squat as much as possible.

“I’ve never really had a problem putting weight on, I’ve been lucky, but as you get older and as you have been in it more you start to know your body and you know what you need,” he said. “I know I’m a big meathead and I love max squatting and max benching and hitting those heavy singles, but it’s just not great to do that all the time.”

Now as Allen has finished up his third full season in the NFL, receiving more and more playing time on the defensive line and even receiving some snaps at fullback, he has incorporated new workouts to make himself much more explosive.

These workouts include agility ladders, box jumps, medicine ball throws, Olympic lifts, and his personal favorite — lifting with chains.

“So what happens is let’s say we’re chain squatting and you’ve got the chains on the side, as you go down the chains spool on the ground so it takes a little of the load off, and as you’re reaching the top of your lift they unspool so you get a little of a heavier weight, It’s real good for working that explosive strength,” Allen said.

These workouts are key for Allen as they help him get a quicker jump when the ball is snapped, along with a more powerful first hit on opposing lineman.

To supplement his explosive workouts, Allen also points to a number of workouts he likes to do outside of the gym to help him retain strength, flexibility, and his agility skills.

Spending a lot of his time-off outdoors at his cabin in northwestern Wisconsin, Allen needed to find new ways to workout. Even though he has a weight room in the basement of the cabin, he said space is limited. So instead he heads to the woods for one of his favorite workouts — which involves an axe.

“You don’t have room to do everything so you find other ways to work out, like you chop wood,” Allen said. “You’ve got to chop wood because we have a wood stove up there and that is a great workout — core, arms, shoulders, hips, and it’s a lot more tiring than you think.”

Along with chopping wood, Allen said he also gets workouts from swimming in the lake next to his cabin, and running up the big hills that surround the area. But more than anything, he credits playing other sports in his free time for a lot of his strength and agility today.

“I love playing other sports, and I played a ton of sports growing up,” Allen said. “Just being active in any way so you can get a workout in is big for me.”

After waiting over two days to hear his name called in the draft Allen knew that nothing would come easy, and he has shown that through his drive to get better on the field with his intense training regimen.

“You’ve just got to compete in everything you do,” Allen said. “Maybe that is a clichéd statement, but I really just think that’s how it’s got to be.”

Beau Allen’s work ethic stands out during every snap on the field. How do you compete in everything you do? Let us know on TW or IG by tagging us and using #Prepare4Greatness. Learn more about him in our latest Eastbay catalog.

NFL Watch // Foles Historically Good Against Raiders

NFL Watch // Foles Historically Good Against Raiders

NFL Watch // Foles Historically Good Against Raiders

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When you look in the NFL record books to see which quarterbacks have thrown the most touchdown passes in a single game, you’ll see names like Luckman, Blanda, Tittle, Manning…and Foles?

That’s right — Philadelphia Eagles backup Nick Foles etched his name in history with a 7 touchdown pass performance against the Oakland Raiders this past Sunday. Filling in for an injured Michael Vick, Foles threw touchdowns to Riley Cooper, Brent Celek, Zach Ertz, LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson as the Eagles blasted the Raiders 49-20. This after the offense failed to score a touchdown during the previous two weeks.

Now, with Foles’ breakout game and Vick’s injury history, it’s believed that Foles will assume the starting role moving forward. It remains to be seen whether Foles is more like the record-setting star from Sunday or the guy who completed just 38% of his passes for 80 yards two weeks ago. Your move, Chip Kelly.

Also in Week 9, Cam Newton’s Carolina Panthers topped the Atlanta Falcons for their fourth straight victory; Tony Romo came up clutch in a 27-23 Cowboys win over the Minnesota Vikings; the New York Jets surprised the New Orleans Saints at home in the Ryan Bowl; defense kept the Kansas City Chiefs undefeated on the road in Buffalo; the Seattle Seahawks overcame a 21-point deficit to top the Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Tom Brady and the New England Patriots hung up 55 points on a declining Pittsburgh Steelers defense; Andrew Luck led another second half comeback as the Indianapolis Colts rallied against the Houston Texans; and the Packers may have lost Aaron Rodgers in a Monday night defeat at the hands of the rival Chicago Bears.

Take a look at some of the football cleats that hit the field for these games and more in today’s NFL Watch.

NFL Watch // Foles Historically Good Against Raiders

Nick Foles wearing Nike Zoom Code Elite 3/4

Nick Foles – Nike Zoom Code Elite 3/4

Desean Jackson wearing Nike Vapor Pro Low TD

Desean Jackson – Nike Vapor Pro Low TD

Cameron Wake wearing Nike Alpha Pro 3/4 TD

Cameron Wake – Nike Alpha Pro 3/4 TD

Tamba Hali wearing Nike Lunar Superbad Pro D Chiefs

Tamba Hali – Nike Lunar Superbad Pro D ‘Chiefs’

Cam Newton wearing Under Armour Highlight '14

Cam Newton – Under Armour Highlight ’14

Jason Witten wearing Nike Alpha Talon Elite 3/4

Jason Witten – Nike Alpha Talon Elite 3/4

Chris Ivory wearing Nike Alpha Pro 3/4 TD

Chris Ivory – Nike Alpha Pro 3/4 TD

Chris Johnson wearing Nike Air LT 2.1 TD

Chris Johnson – Nike Air LT 2.1 TD

Alfred Morris wearing Nike Lunar Superbad Pro TD

Alfred Morris – Nike Lunar Superbad Pro TD

Doug Baldwin wearing Nike Vapor Pro Low TD

Doug Baldwin – Nike Vapor Pro Low TD

Davone Bess wearing adidas Crazyquick

Davone Bess – adidas Crazyquick

Tom Brady wearing Under Armour Custom Football Cleats

Tom Brady – Custom Under Armour Cleats

T.Y. Hilton wearing Nike Vapor Pro Low TD

T.Y. Hilton – Nike Vapor Pro Low TD

Brandon Marshall wearing Nike Alpha Pro Low TD

Brandon Marshall – Nike Alpha Pro Low TD

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Week 15: NFL Player of the Week

Week 15: NFL Player of the Week

Week 15 NFL Player of the Week - Michael Vick

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In Sunday’s game against the New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick played an extremely modest football game. The cannon of an arm didn’t really get going, Vick only throwing for 121 yards, a touchdown and a pick. Explosive play-making was contained for the most part, the vaunted scrambler only finding 36 yards on the ground. All of Vick’s struggles paid dividends for the New York Giants, who were up 31-3 and surely on their way to having control over the NFC East. At least, that was the story through three and a half quarters.

Pinned on their own 25-yard line and facing a 28-point deficit, Vick would start a rally for the ages. After completing a short 10-yard pass to wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, Vick found tight end Brent Celek deep for a 65-yard touchdown pass. After kicker David Akers added an extra point, the Eagles found themselves still down 14 and in need of a miracle to win the game. Perhaps a miracle like recovering an onside kick, which is exactly what happened. Taking advantage of the recovered kick, Vick showed exactly why he’s the most feared athlete in the NFL. On a drive highlighted by a 33-yard Vick scramble, the quarterback found paydirt with a 4-yard trot to bring the Eagles within one score.

The Giants weren’t able to get much going on their next possession, forcing them to punt the ball and leaving Vick with 3 minutes to work his magic. After two incomplete passes to start the drive, it appeared that the Giants would indeed escape with the win. Then, Vick happened. On 3rd and 10, he scrambles for 33 yards and goes out of bounds to preserve the clock. He then finds an open Jason Avant for 13 yards and possession in Giants territory. That play is followed up with a 22-yard Vick scramble. With 1:24 left and 2nd and 3 at the Giants 13, Vick connects with Jeremy Maclin for an improbably game-tying touchdown.

Of course, you can’t tell the story of the Meadowlands Miracle without speaking of DeSean Jackson’s punt return for a touchdown as time expired, but it was the play-making of Vick that put the Eagles in a position to get the win. Defenders can’t play him too close, because he’ll burn you with crisp, accurate passes. They definitely can’t play off of him due to his running ability. After the slow start, Vick finished with 242 passing yards and 3 touchdowns, adding 130 rushing yards and another score of his own. Not only is Vick Week 15 NFL Player of the Week, but he made another stride toward being this year’s league MVP.

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