IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (1-15-18)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”
Alabama won the national championship in college football this past week, but the real story is about the two quarterbacks, Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa, and how they worked together to make it happen.
Hurts, who led Alabama to the final game as a freshman last season, and who has only lost two games as a two-year starter, was replaced at halftime (not because of injury) by the seldom used Tagovailoa.
To see Jalen Hurts on the sideline, still engaged and pulling for his team and his backup quarterback, was the inspirational story of the game. Hurts didn’t pout, he didn’t sulk, he didn’t hang his head. What he did was support his replacement, encouraged his teammates, and stayed engaged in the game.
Years from now Alabama fans will still be talking about the tremendous second half rally led by Tua Tagovailoa. However, I will never forget seeing a star player standing on the sidelines, being replaced in the biggest game of the year, and how he responded with class, grace and humility!
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Robby Kimes | Communications & Sponsorship Assistant
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