If you don’t know Jalen Hurtz, you need to listen to this story.
He was the starting quarterback at Alabama for his first two years in school. It was the first time a freshman started at Bama in 32 years. During that time, he won 26 games and led his team to the National Championship each year.
The first championship game they lost to Clemson.
In his second season, he got the Crimson Tide back to the big game, yet they were losing at half time.
The knock on Jalen was that he wasn’t a great passer. And that’s exactly what they needed to beat Clemson in 2017. At halftime, Jalen was benched in favor of another True Freshman, Tua Tagovailoa.
Tua brought the Tide back and ended up wining the game on the strength of his arm. Because he won a National Championship, Tua became the starting quarterback for Alabama.
The average man would have been defeated and transferred to another school.
Jalen is anything but average.
He decided to stay at Alabama because he thought it would be the best place to improve his game. He worked on his throws all year and waiting for his chance to shine.
During the season, he only had a few opportunities to play. He did not let that discourage him. Instead, he was the consummate team player and supported Tua in both words and deeds.
This past Saturday was the SEC Championship Game: Alabama vs Georgia.
Georgia was in the driver’s seat for the first half.
Then this happened.
Alabama was losing when Tua got hurt with 10 minutes left to play. He already had two interceptions and was playing the worst game of his career.
Jalen stepped in to score two straight touchdowns to seal the SEC and a spot in the National Championship Playoff.
It’s an amazing story.
These days, people are afraid to let anyone fail. Especially our kids. We will do anything in our power to prevent it, but what does that really accomplish. I say that you are stealing a valuable lesson by preventing failure.
Just because you lost a game or your starting spot, does not make you a loser.
Losing is a chance to learn from your mistakes and get better. It’s your time to find out who you really are deep down inside. And if you have what it takes to be a success.
Instead of preventing someone falling flat on their face. Be there to help them rebuild. Help them see their weaknesses and provide encouragement. Never give up on them.
When they are ready to get back on the horse, give them the medicine they need. And, if they are an agent, this is the best cure for your marketing woes.