TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts has become a key figure in the Tuscaloosa community.
He’s been seen throwing footballs to students on campus and volunteering his time during community service events.
On Thursday, Hurts visited the Art ‘n Autism Center in Tuscaloosa to surprise one of his fans.
In the clip, a young man is explaining why Hurts is such a good quarterback as Hurts creeps up behind him for the big surprise.
It’s a touching moment between the quarterback and a fan. Hurts, a rising sophomore, has proved to be excellent both on and off the field.
— Jalen Hurts (@JalenHurts) April 6, 2017
Hurts embraces the young man with a big hug and a handshake. It’s clear that the young quarterback is going to be a fixture in the Tuscaloosa community throughout his Alabama career.
Hurts helped Alabama to the national championship game and was SEC Player of the Year and SEC Freshman of the Year after accounting for 3,734 yards and 36 total touchdowns last season.
Hurts is the first returning starting quarterback Alabama has had since AJ McCarron in 2013.
Barring something unforeseen, the Channelview, Texas, native will have two or three more years to quarterback the Crimson Tide.