After suffering a devestating defeat in the 2019 National Championship, it looks like Alabama football has been hit with another loss as quarterback Jalen Hurt announced that he will be leaving the Crimson Tide for the Oklahoma Sooners.
News of Hurts transfer broke on Wednesday, Jan. 16, when the starter-turned-backup released a statement thanking Nick Saban and the Alabama football family for the opportunity to play for his dream school.
"It’s been almost four years, now, since the day I got the phone call that changed my life. A coach by the name of Nick Saban was on the line, wanting to ask about the chances of a Texas boy like me packing up for Tuscaloosa, and coming to play football at the University of Alabama," Hurt wrote in a letter featured on The Players' Tribune.
Hurt went on to gush more gratitude about being a part of the Alabama legacy before briefly mentioning the team's 2018 National Championship victory where Jalen's poor performance forced Saban to demote Hurt mid-game allowing for Tua Tagovailoa to lead the Tide to victory.
"Was what happened in the 2018 National Championship Game bittersweet?," the letter reads. "Of course it was — it was a humbling experience. It was tough, man. But I am even tougher for it. I AM BUILT FOR THIS."
This toughness and perseverence Hurt references will now be a weapon for Lincoln Riley and the Oklahoma Sooners offense which is where Jalen Hurt will conclude his college career.