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Super Bowl History in the Making: Jalen Hurts & Nicole Lynn

Prominent sports agent Nicole Lynn is making history as the first black woman agent to represent an NFL quarterback in a Super Bowl. Lynn currently serves as the president of football operations for Klutch Sports Group and will be representing Philadelphia Eagles QB Jalen Hurts in Super Bowl LVII. Her other clients include Quinnen Williams (NY Jets), Myles Garrett (Cleveland Browns), Bailey Zappe (New England Patriots) and Christian Barmore (New England Patriots), among many others. Lynn’s newest clients feature two talented Alabama juniors, Will Anderson and Brian Branch.

As someone who is no stranger to breaking barriers and shattering glass ceilings, Lynn is one of the five women who manage Jalen Hurts’ career. Chantal Romain and Shakeemah Simmons-Winter handle Hurts’ communications aspects while Rachel Everett deals with marketing and Jenna Malphrus works with management. These five ladies have already proven to be a force to be reckoned with and are finally being recognized for their work with the MVP-caliber QB.

For an athlete to have fans from two schools engaging in a Twitter war over who gets to claim said athlete, they would have to be pretty good. Hurts’ numbers back up that claim this season, as he is leading the Eagles to their first Super Bowl since the 2017-18 season. With 22 touchdowns & only six interceptions and a QB ratio of 66.3 under his belt, the Eagles QB has settled into his role as a starter, and people are finally starting to buy in.

While he might make it look easy, the road to Super Bowl LVII was a tough one for Hurts. As the story goes, Hurts was a coveted freshman QB on Nick Saban’s 2016 team. After throwing for 2,780 yards and 23 touchdowns in his first year, Hurts’ future proved to be a promising one. After being a two year starter for the Crimson Tide, Hurts was benched in the 2018 National Championship game where true freshman QB Tua Tagovailoa (and current Eagles WR Devonta Smith) would win the championship for the Tide. Hurts graduated from Alabama in three years and transferred to Oklahoma, becoming a Heisman finalist. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles with the 53rd pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Hurts recently set a new NFL record for the most rushing touchdowns by a QB with 15, a record that was previously held by Cam Newton, who rushed for 14 during his rookie season with the Carolina Panthers in 2011.

Hurts is one of four Eagles players who previously played for the Alabama Crimson Tide. Offensive lineman Landon Dickerson (2019-20), WR Devonta Smith (2017-20) and CB Josh Jobe (2018-21) will also suit up on Super Bowl Sunday alongside their QB. While Oklahoma does also have claims to the talented QB, Hurts’ ties to former Alabma teammate Devonta Smith has proven to be something special and is what has helped them both on this road to the Super Bowl. Seeing the connection between this dynamic duo helps settle the college debate for some football fans when asked who gets to claim Jalen Hurts.

From having a record-breaking management team to also having a record-breaking season, things seem to be going right for the Eagles starting QB. It would be an understatement to say that Eagles fans and Chiefs haters alike are hoping that their luck does not run out before Super Bowl Sunday, but even if it does, no one can deny the season that the Philadelphia Eagles have had. Another thing that cannot be denied is Hurts’ leadership abilities and his commitment to his team and its city. The Eagles finally found themselves a franchise QB.

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