Jalen Hurts could be sitting at home watching the NFL Championship weekend. That didn’t stop savvy network execs from using the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback in a TV commercial.
Hurts’ face appeared on screen during a television break in the third quarter of Sunday’s AFC Championship game. It was a trailer for Paramount More and their new live-action series Halo, based on the popular video game title. In it, Hurts sits around a snowy campfire at the fictional “Paramount Mountain” where various celebrities, including Beavis and Butt-Head, sing melodically in unison.
And Hurts isn’t the only NFL player featured in the ad. He sits next to Chargers running back Austin Ekeler and Patriots linebacker Matthew Judon as the three men shake their heads in time with Kumbaye. The advertisement ends by announcing: “A mountain of entertainment”.
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Eagles Twitter hilariously reacts to injuries
The Paramount ad marked the second TV commercial for Hurts this year. He was featured in a used car spot for FC Kerbeck of New Jersey. Eagles Twitter had fun with this one in the last game of the regular season.
It remains unclear if Hurts has ever received a new Cadillac as part of the deal. Naturally, the pranksters were back and in rare form on Sunday after Hurts’ new TV debut.
Eagles keep quarterback coach
The Eagles will retain quarterbacks coach Brian Johnson at least for now. Green Bay Packers promote Adam Stenavich to offensive coordinator, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. They had been interested in Johnson for the opener after Nathaniel Hackett left for Denver.
Johnson is highly regarded within the Eagles organization, notably by Hurts whom he has known since childhood. Hurts’ father, Averion, was one of Johnson’s high school football coaches at Baytown Lee High School (Texas). He first met Jalen when the quarterback was just four years old. And Johnson tried to sign Hurts when he was at Mississippi State, but the quarterback picked Alabama.
“It’s very interesting because I’ve known him for a very long time, but it was actually the first time I had the chance to work with him on grass,” Johnson told reporters after spring practices. “Obviously everyone knows his intangibles and what kind of player and what kind of person he is, but he’s extremely coachable. He wants to be a great player.”
The Eagles moved Johnson from the press box to the touchline midway through the 2021 campaign so he could better mentor Hurts. The change really helped spark the offense and better develop Hurts as a passer since both could digest footage and watch highlights in real time.
“It feels good. I guess over the year we’ve realized that’s what we need to do,” Hurts told reporters Nov. 10. “It’s something we all embrace both. We want to win.