"I think you gotta show love to Jalen Hurts."
Saints linebacker Demario Davis is not alone in his sentiment. After his breakout season, one that saw Hurts finish as an MVP finalist, the quarterback was named the No. 3 player in the entire league on the NFL's Top 100 Player of 2013 on Monday night – his 25th birthday no less – by a vote of his peers.
"When you're around people of his caliber, you're not surprised when they have success," said Commanders defensive lineman Jonathan Allen. "If you truly see how they work, you're not surprised at all."
"One of the toughest-minded dudes I've been around – how he carries himself, who he is as a person," said Hurts' former college teammate, Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.
Hurts wasn't the only Eagle honored. In all, seven Eagles made the Top 100 list, tied for the second most in the league.
No. 3 – QB Jalen Hurts
No. 22 – WR A.J. Brown
No. 37 – C Jason Kelce
No. 41 – T Lane Johnson
No. 48 – LB Haason Reddick
No. 65 – CB Darius Slay
No. 100 – WR DeVonta Smith
The Eagles were 14-1 in the 2022 regular season in games that Hurts started. He threw for 3,701 yards, rushed for 760 more, and accounted for 35 total touchdowns, tying Randall Cunningham for the most in Eagles history. His touchdown to interception ratio of 3.67 was the third best in the league as the Eagles had the fifth-fewest giveaways.
"He's a guy who can rip it," said Giants linebacker Kayvon Thibodeaux. "When you talk about rip it, not just deep balls, not just short passes, but he is accurate."
"He makes big plays with his feet and big plays with his arm. Take one away and he might kill you with the other," Panthers defensive tackle Derrick Brown said.
In the postseason, Hurts threw for 579 yards and accounted for eight total touchdowns. Against the Chiefs in the Super Bowl, Hurts set a record with three rushing touchdowns by a quarterback as he tied a career high with four total scores. He also tallied 374 total yards, including 304 passing. Even in defeat, Hurts earned the respect of his opponents.
"I expect to play him in a lot of big games as my career goes on," Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes said.
"He had the best performance in the Super Bowl that I've ever seen of a quarterback – running the ball, throwing the ball. He balled out," said Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones.