Jalen Hurts gets a master’s degree from Oklahoma

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Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts has led his team to the Super Bowl and signed a contract that has him financially set for life this year, and now he’s added another accomplishment to the list: He received his master’s degree from Oklahoma.

Hurts was awarded a master’s degree in human relations at a commencement ceremony on Friday night.

Video posted by Oklahoma Dean David Surratt shows Hurts walking across the stage in his cap and gown to receive his degree and getting an ovation from the audience.

Hurts began his college football career at Alabama and received a bachelor’s degree despite spending only three years with the Crimson Tide. He then spent one year playing at Oklahoma, where he began his graduate work, and finished the master’s degree while playing in the NFL.

Hurts has said in interviews that he was inspired by his mother, who both worked and studied for her master’s degree while raising him. And now he’s the next member of his family to get his master’s.

69 responses to “Jalen Hurts gets a master’s degree from Oklahoma

  1. Guy keeps his head down and does the right things without trying to milk every ounce of attention out of the process that he can. We need more people like this on this planet. Congrats dude.

  2. I hope he actually earned it by doing what other Master candidates had to do …and not just given a token one .

  3. Good. There’s never anything wrong with being educated, no matter how much money you already have.

  4. Jalen H was raised right. He’s a wonderful example and congrats on working for and gaining his Masters. I’m a huge fan of his as a player and a man. Jalen C should be taking notes..

  5. Jalen made his 200 mil then got the degree. “Most” people do it the other way. LOL. Great example for the kids regardless.

  6. He could get a PhD but will never win a Super Bowl. Now that Love has taken over the Packers and looking at their draft picks, just watch the team surprise everyone. They will be unstoppable. Three future HOF’ers in a row, a hat trick. The stuff that legends are made off. Can’t wait for the regular season to begin.

  7. Not a philly fan, but I root for Mr. Hurts. He’s humble and he works hard.

  8. ttyksh says:
    May 13, 2023 at 5:24 am
    Good for him. Anyone who wants an education should be allowed to get it.
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    Do well enough in school, grants and scholarships take care of it. No one should be handed anything in life.

    Good on this guy getting a masters degree. Luckily for him he has generational wealth because the degree he got doesn’t do squat for a real job

  9. Winner. Watched him since his Bama days. I never expected he would do as well in the pros as he has, but the self discipline, leadership, and character was already very much evident then. We need a lot more men like him today and not just in professional sports.

  10. There are plenty of neanderthals around this game who will point to this as proof that Hurts does not “eat, drink, and breathe FOOTBALL” and blame this “distraction” for the Eagles losing the Super Bowl.

    Perhaps it’s proof that a person CAN live a life AND play pro football at a high level, but you need to have a little more between the ears than your typical crow.

  11. Not even an Eagles fan and this makes me smile. Nice to have shining examples in the NFL.

  12. So impressed with this guy as a player, but more importantly as a person. Always takes responsibility. High standards for everyone including himself. Humble. Really amazing to see!

  13. This should be encouraging to Eagles fans. Hurts is demonstrating that he strives to finish the job—even when he does not have to.

  14. I love to see stuff like this happen. Congrats to Mr. Hurts. Hard work pays off.

  15. Chiefs fan and Sooner fan from Tulsa. Mr. Hurts is a leader of men. His degree is in human relations. There ya go.

  16. I absolutely love this kid. He keeps getting better year after year and he’s a great roll model.

  17. My eyes watered while reading this. I knew that he had worked incredibly hard his entire football life to ascend to his 2022 accomplishments. And then this: All respect and admiration to and for this amazing young man.

  18. Unless you’re a Cowboys, Giants, or Skins fan it’s hard not to root for this dude.

  19. Proud to have this guy be the Eagles starting QB. He sets an example both on and off the field

  20. Well done, young man! This is what you do when you get a full ride. It will be one more thing to look back on with pride, and a good example for family members coming up after him.

  21. Hurts has improved substantially each year in this league, and played MVP caliber football last season. I have no doubt that Howie felt extremely comfortable handing Hurts that enormous contract (yet somehow still shockingly team friendly) because of what’s between his ears. Him accomplishing this really seems to reinforce the idea that he’s a worker and someone who finishes what they start.

  22. I simply cannot understand the negative feelings which some people have to one of the most positive NFL articles in a long while.

  23. As a Vikings fan, I hate Philly-but much respect for Mr. Hurts. I wanted us to take him in the draft, low risk-but of course they effed that up too!

  24. “I simply cannot understand the negative feelings which some people have to one of the most positive NFL articles in a long while.”

    Jealousy and stupidity mostly.

  25. Amazing accomplishment.

    That 2020 QB Draft Class was LOADED. Not only with talent, but with character too.

  26. He will receive an honorary PHD from the University of Not for Long in a few years. His jersey will be retired and replaced with a gold jacket when he walks across the stage in the HOF.

  27. This is nice for the league,and for Hurts, we went from Arod, self described “critical thinker” at MVP candidate, to SB contender, leader, a tual thinker, non spotlight seeking better example in Hurts.yes the future of the NFL is in good hands, like him and Mahomes.

  28. I wanna hate on Philly but this young man, and his actions over the years, makes me just take my L while smiling and clapping for him.

  29. marthisdil says:
    May 13, 2023 at 7:53 am
    ttyksh says:
    May 13, 2023 at 5:24 am
    Good for him. Anyone who wants an education should be allowed to get it.
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    Do well enough in school, grants and scholarships take care of it. No one should be handed anything in life.

    Good on this guy getting a masters degree. Luckily for him he has generational wealth because the degree he got doesn’t do squat for a real job
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    Sounds like you could use some education in human relations. Perhaps Jalen will be available to tutor you.

  30. Why does Hurts speak with a fake east coast accent when he is from Texas. That’s the main question here. Who does he think he is fooling?

  31. Outstanding young man. He’s become one of my favorite players in the league and I’m not even an Eagles fan.

  32. That accomplishment is more valuable than anything he can possibly do in the NFL. Congrats!

  33. MortimerInMiami says:
    May 13, 2023 at 11:35 am

    With all due respect human relations isn’t exactly rocket science.
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    Perhaps, but getting a Master’s Degree from a real university puts him well above the many, many, NFL players who do not even finish their Bachelor’s program even when given full tuition and five years to complete it.

  34. johnwick says:
    May 13, 2023 at 3:16 pm
    What the hell is “Human Relations”!?!?!?
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    Something that you know nothing about.

  35. MortimerInMiami says:
    May 13, 2023 at 11:35 am
    With all due respect human relations isn’t exactly rocket science.
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    Let’s hear what your Masters is in. Oh, that’s right, you’re still working on your GED.

  36. MortimerInMiami says:
    May 13, 2023 at 11:35 am
    With all due respect human relations isn’t exactly rocket science.

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    So that means it has not value to Jalen Hurts then?

  37. Amazing how many downvotes there are denigrating higher education and Hurts’ efforts. If every person had his ambition, focus, discipline, and social skills, the world would be a better place.

  38. It was funny when he fumbled the ball in the super bowl and when the eagles lost the super bowl because of that fumble and scoop and score. Funny!

  39. It sounds like he’s a smart guy. I wonder if he follows the lead of another smart QB who walked away from the game early because he realized he got hit in the head too much? That’s the fear with the smart ones, right? Or maybe he realizes the “Weekend at Bernie’s” play is a recipe for severe injury and balks?

  40. “After accepting his degree, Hurts raced to a cliff to rescue a bus full of nuns holding babies. Big Al has the rest of the day in sports coming up next.”

  41. Hurts out there being a husband, father, student, and competing in a Super Bowl. Im still trying to gather the motivation to go cut the grass.

  42. Human Relations? Sounds about as hard as a Communications degree. Props nonetheless.

  43. I am very proud of this guy. He is set financially for life, will continue to be one of the best players in the NFL for years to come, yet still took the time to finish his education. Earning a masters is not easy I know. Congrats Jalen. You are a complete winner!

  44. One has to wonder how mahy classes that Hurts actually attended to get this Masters Degree.

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