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Hurts explains why it’s so important to him to be a captain

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Maybe there is some doubt nationally and even in Philadelphia about Jalen Hurts.

But there doesn’t seem to be much doubt from inside the Eagles’ locker room.

Hurts has shown off his leadership abilities from the time he arrived in Philadelphia as a second-round rookie last year but entering Year 2 as the Eagles’ starter, he’s taken that up a notch. His teammates clearly see it.

Because on Monday they named him one of six team captains for the 2021 season.

“It means the world. It means the world,” Hurts said. “It’s a tremendous honor. Obviously, seeing the guys before me that have been captain. Growing up as a kid, you see captains and you see the C on the chest and you see all the things.

“And it exemplifies more than that. It exemplifies the hard work that goes into it and the relationships you build with your teammates a whole bunch. For everybody to grant me that and lead and do those things, I’m excited. I don’t take it lightly.”

The quarterback position definitely lends itself to a leadership role but it’s not a guarantee it happens that way. Heck, down in Miami, the Dolphins voted for captains and omitted Tua Tagovailoa. One of their offensive captains is former Eagles receiver Mack Hollins, who had 16 catches for Miami last year.

Aside from Hurts the Eagles' other captains are Fletcher Cox, Brandon Graham, Rodney McLeod, Jason Kelce and Alex Singleton. Four of those six are over 30 years old and Singleton is 27.

 

At 23 years old, Hurts is the youngest captain the Eagles have had since they began naming them before the 2017 season. Yes, Carson Wentz was a captain from 2017-20.

But Wentz is gone now and this is Hurts’ team. At least for now. Because of that, his teammates’ faith and trust in him goes a long way.

“It says a lot,” Graham said. “It says that we believe in [Hurts], it gives him confidence for sure that the team believes in him. Because if people didn’t, they wouldn’t vote for him. But I think that it’s only heading in the right direction for there.”

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