Quarterback Jalen Hurts is confident about the Philadelphia Eagles’ mindset entering the Super Bowl.
“I didn’t put in all that work for no reason. I feel like this team hasn’t put in all the work that we’ve put in for no reason,” he said. “We’ve come here to finish the job we set out to do.”
Hurts referred to “the work” time after time during his remarks on Monday at Super Bowl LVII Opening Night, held at the Footprint Center in Phoenix.
Hurts is 16-1 as the starter for the NFC champion Eagles this season heading into Sunday’s showdown against the Kansas City Chiefs.
“We just want to go out there and do what we’ve done this whole entire time, to try and play clean football and play together,” Hurts said. “I didn’t work this hard to stay the same. I put all this work in, we put all this work in, to have opportunities like this. It’ll be a fun one.”
Hurts, 24, is a finalist to become the first Eagles player to win NFL MVP since 1960. He passed for 3,701 yards and 22 touchdowns while rushing for 760 yards and 13 touchdowns during the regular season.
A team captain, Hurts was asked if he had anything planned for Sunday’s pregame speech.
“Everything comes from the heart,” he said. “I prepare. I try to think about something that will get the guys going, but I don’t need to say too much. We’ve put all that work in. Everything that we’ve kind of overcome.”
Hurts didn’t want to talk about his recovery from a shoulder injury that knocked him out of two games (both losses) in Weeks 16 and 17.
“I don’t want to make this about me. I want to make it about the work that we put in,” he said. “The only thing I want to do is always quantify my work. We didn’t come this far or no reason. … We want to go out there and play our best game when we need it most.”