Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts cited his favorite Bible verse after leading his team to the Super Bowl.
Hurts paraphrased John 13:7 in a post-game news conference Sunday after the Eagles vanquished the San Francisco 49ers in a blowout NFC championship victory.
The quarterback brought up the saying of Christ in response to a question about his early career — in which he’d slipped in the 2020 NFL draft. Hurts at one point admitted that he didn’t believe the Eagles even wanted to draft him.
“My favorite verse — You know, I went through a lot of stuff in college, and it kind of stuck with me,” Hurts explained.
This was at the end of Hurts’ presser last night. He never gives you much but left a message going out. pic.twitter.com/O2S564C1mE
— O.J. Spivey (@OJPhilly) January 30, 2023
“John 13:7. ‘You may not know now, but later you’ll understand.'”
“Hopefully people understand.”
The Eagles dominated Sunday’s NFC Championship game, blowing out the 49ers 31-7 in a win that places Philadelphia in the Super Bowl for the second time in six years.
Hurts has pointed to the saying of Jesus on social media before — including when he was drafted by the Eagles.
God Is Always In Control. Just Never Lose Faith! John 13:7!#FlyEaglesFly https://t.co/yip71zdWz7 pic.twitter.com/qe7LJiO3At
— Jalen Hurts (@JalenHurts) April 25, 2020
Hurts previously shared the verse as a University of Alabama quarterback.
He later transferred to Oklahoma to finish his college career before entering the NFL draft.
Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand”
– John 13:7
Just let God work his magic 🤗
— Jalen Hurts (@JalenHurts) September 16, 2018
The saying comes from a moment in the Gospel of John in which Christ washed His disciples’ feet — on the same evening as the Last Supper.
Hurts will compete against Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes in Super Bowl LVII on Feb. 12. Mahomes is also a Christian.
I’m so proud to see Jalen and Patrick as the first 2 African American QBs to face each other in the Super Bowl!
We have come a long way. 🙌🏽
— Warren Moon (@WMoon1) January 30, 2023
The 2023 Super Bowl is the first in which two black quarterbacks will start for the opposing teams.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.