Jalen Hurts is not just a cute face, a smoking hot bod, and a mega-watt smile that could send any lass into delirium. The 24-year-old is the Philadelphia Eagles shot caller and currently the highest-paid player in NFL history. He recently signed a record-breaking five-year extension with the Eagles and will pocket $255 million from it.
And that’s not all there is to Jalen Alexander Hurts. The football champ loves to, as he put it in his interview with Essence, “keep the main thing the main thing.” One of his main things is the role Black women play in his life.
And his love for Black women is so deep that he penned a heartfelt love letter to all Black women while gracing the cover of Essence’s 2023 men’s issue.
“Dear Black women, thank you for being you,” Hurts started.
“For showing up the way that you do, for being trailblazers, for being loving, for being resilient. We see you. I see you. And I appreciate you. Much love.”
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Jalen Hurts’ Grandmother Is The Love Of His Life
Speaking of Black women. Jalen Hurts’ number one girl is his grandmother. She’s, according to him, the staple in his spirituality and well of wisdom.
“I love me some Granny Cindy,” he said in the Essence cover story.
“She’s the staple in my spirituality. She is always the one like, “Ask God for what you want. Ask God for what you need. He knows, but it’s okay to say it in prayer.”
Hurts has also, in the past, talked about prioritizing his grandma’s call and how she doesn’t play about hearing from her grandbaby.
“I always feel it in my heart when I know it’s time to give her a call. If not, she’ll beat me to it,” he said during an NFL press conference last summer. “She’ll send me a text message: ‘I ain’t heard from you in a minute.’”
“She’s given me so much wisdom. So much love throughout my years, and she’s been there through everything. I appreciate what she is to me. I appreciate the woman she is.”
For the record: “Granny Cindy” is not the scary horror mod. Granny Cindy is an excellent cook who loves making Southern classics like chitterlings and pig feet, which Hurts would only eat if she’s the one who made it.
Jalen Hurts Is Also Tight With His Mom
Jalen Hurts has a deep appreciation for his mother, Pamela Hurts.
An all-star game attendee, Pamela gave him a soulful love for artists such as Angele Winbush, Guy, and Maze featuring Frankie-Beverly – and does not play when it comes to her middle son. She’s deeply and publicly protective of him.
Mrs Hurts, who’s been married to Hurts’ dad, Averion Hurts, Sr., for over 30 years, has also played an integral part in making Jalen Hurts, Jalen Hurts. According to him, she modeled for him how to “get it out the mud, because she’s had to get it out the mud for herself.”
She’s also a living testimony for him. Right around his freshman year in college, Mrs Hurts, a special education teacher, witnessed her colleagues being laid off and quickly found new ways to reinvent herself.
“She went back to school, and she got her master’s to become a counselor,” he said during his interview with Essence.
“That’s a living testimony for me.”
The Handsome Football Star Is Spoken For
If you thought the highest-paid NFL quarterback was single, think again. The champ is spoken for!
“I’m not married or anything like that,” he said. “But I am spoken for.”
Jalen Hurts’ girlfriend, Bryonna “Bry” Burrows, is an IT expert and is a woman of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc – the Eagles shot caller himself is a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
The two have been dating off and on since their campus days (the University of Alabama), back when he was the Crimson Tide QB.
They made their relationship public after last season’s NFC Championship game and created a frenzy on social media, with many Black women mourning that he was off the market and others applauding him for choosing a Black woman.
“I knew a long time ago,” Jalen Hurts said about Burrows. “I mean, to this point in my life, that’s an irreplaceable feeling. I think that’s what allowed us to get to where we are now.”
Hurts’ Relationship With Black Women Extends To His Professional Life
If you needed more confirmation on Jalen Hurts’ love for Black women, here it is.
The Philly QB is the only Super Bowl-winning champ with a Black woman agent and has made the esoteric decision to have an all-female management team guide him into being one of the greatest NFL players in league history.
And at the helm of this team is none other than Nicole Lynn.
The sports agent of the moment. The first woman of any race to represent a Super Bowl starting quarterback. The Black woman who landed him one of the most lucrative deals in NFL history. Yup. She’s the one who negotiated the $255 million contract with the Philadelphia Eagles, making him the highest-paid NFL player in league history!
“I know the agent world in the NFL and all sports is very male-dominated,” Hurts told Sports Illustrated in 2022.
“But Nicole was really on top of her stuff. She was prepared. She knew what she was talking about. She was hungry. And she was determined. And I feel that determination like that never rests. Once you come across such a determined individual, that just hits me a little different.”
And the details of how Nicole Lynn contacted Jalen Hurts (who wasn’t even on his radar) via IG DMs, was vetted by Hurts’ dad and then interviews by the football star himself, will rock any sports documentary fanatic’s mind someday. Suffice to say, Lynn is the It Girl, and she’ll keep shattering glass ceilings and rocking the sports agency world, so world, you better watch it!
And these are just a few of the Black women on Team Jalen Hurts. There’s also Shakeemah Simmons-Winter, his publicist, Jenna Malphrus, who handles client management and media relations, and Rachel Everett, who handles his marketing.
“I’m not doing anything to be different. I just think that’s the way it’s been ordained. I have the ultimate amount of respect for anyone who goes out there and grinds for something. Puts the work in, and they go get it done,” he said during his interview with Essence Magazine.
“I don’t put a gender on those things.”