A national champion and two-year starter for the Crimson Tide, quarterback Jalen Hurts now is the face of an NFL franchise, the Philadelphia Eagles, and the former Alabama player didn't disappoint in his 2021 debut.
Defeating the Atlanta Falcons on the road, 32-6, Hurts completed 27-of-35 passes for 264 yards and three touchdowns. He didn't throw an interception, either, so by all accounts it was quite the way to began a second-year campaign.
Hurts also tallied 62 rushing yards on seven carries, to bring his total to over 300 yards on the day.
And just last week he was named a team captain, as voted on by Eagles players, leading up to the team's first game in a place he's fairly comfortable playing in, the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, where many Crimson Tide fans were for his game-defining performance in Alabama's 2018 SEC Championship matchup to Georgia.
Hurts has evolved quite a bit as a quarterback since then, though, as evidenced by his numbers through the air in week one, and he's developed into an NFL starter after being questioned at many points in and after college.
So, there it is ... he's our BamaCentral Crimson Tide Pro Athlete of the Week, and if you watched him play Sunday you'd not doubt why.
- Rookie wide receiver DeVonta Smith, also of the Philadelphia Eagles, turned in a solid showing in his first NFL game. He finished with six receptions for 71 yards and one touchdown.
- Fellow rookie, New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones, also debuted as a pro, but in a loss to the Tua Tagovailoa-led Miami Dolphins. Still, Jones completed 29-of-39 passes for 281 yards and one touchdown.
Previous winners in 2021:
Dec. 29 - Jan. 5 Derrick Henry
Jan. 6 - 12 Daron Payne
Jan. 13 - 19 Levi Wallace
Jan. 20 - 26 Collin Sexton
Jan. 27 - Feb. 2. JaMychal Green
Feb. 3 - 9 Collin Sexton
Feb. 9 - 16 Kira Lewis Jr.
Feb. 17 - 23 Levi Randolph
Feb. 24 - March 2 Collin Sexton
March 3 - 9 Collin Sexton
March 10 - 16 Justin Thomas
March 17 - 23 Collin Sexton
March 24 - 30 JaMychal Green
March 31 - April 6 Collin Sexton
April 7 - April 13 Collin Sexton
April 14 - April 20 Levi Randolph
April 21 - April 27 Collin Sexton
April 28 - May 4 Davis Riley
May 5 - May 11 Collin Sexton
May 12 - May 18 Dicky Pride
May 19 - May 25 Spencer Turnbull
May 26 - June 1 Alexa Guarachi
June 2 - June 8 Kenzie Wright
June 9 - June 15 Eryk Anders
June 16 - June 22 Daniel Haugh
June 23 - June 29 Daniel Haugh
June 30 - July 7 Emma Talley
July 7 - July 13 Blake Sims
July 14 - July 20 Brett Auerbach
July 21 - July 27 Haylie McCleney
July 28 - Aug. 3 Kirani James
Aug. 4 - Aug. 10 Remona Burchell
Aug. 11 - Aug. 17 Kira Lewis
Aug. 18 - Aug. 24 Steven Setterstrom
Aug. 25 - Aug. 31 Mac Jones
Sept. 1 - Sept. 7 Justin Thomas