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.
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“John 13:7. ‘You may not know now, but later you’ll understand.’”
“Hopefully people understand.”
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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.
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.
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.
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.