We need to talk about Jalen Hurts’ contract.
$179.3 million guaranteed. The highest annual salary in NFL history. And a no trade clause.
More specifically, we need to talk about your agent, Nicole Lynn.
I have interviewed Nicole Lynn. I was impressed when he cast Quinnen Williams because *he* saw the vision of her to affect her change and reached out to her. I loved her book, Agent You.
One of the things I enjoy most about Nicole is that in her book she talks about her journey from poverty to Wall Street, and the sacrifices she made to make her dreams of becoming a top NFL agent come true, and the honesty she expresses about feeling called to this field, being blessed with opportunity after opportunity along the way, but still regretting some of the sacrifices required to get to where she is today.
To have someone who has faced adversity, persevered, but is still grounded enough to understand that the way they persevered carries as many lessons as the adversity they faced, makes you wonder if I’m talking about Nicole Lynn or Jalen Hurts.
Both are young, talented, black pioneers. Both ignored skeptics to realize their dreams. And based on the conversation I had with Jalen Hurts’ father, Averion, before last year’s Super Bowl, they are both fully aware that it’s still a work in progress.
I’ve talked about Jalen Hurts before, but the fact that he left Alabama with a reputation as a “game manager” and then left Oklahoma as a Heisman finalist is pretty wild. But when people projected him as an NFL receiver, and he dropped to the 53rd pick in the draft and a third-stringer behind Carson Wentz and Nate Sudfeld, who would have thought he’d be in this position today?
Nicole Lynn, that’s who.
I’ve said it before, but the truth bears repeating: success isn’t always a straight line, but Nicole Lynn and Jalen Hurts prove that if your inner compass points in the right direction, whether oceans, mountains, or deep valleys stand in your way, you’ll find your way.
I’m not sure I’ve been happier with an agent/player combination. This is like the real life version of Tom Cruise and Cuba Gooding Jr. in Jerry Maguire.
I spoke to Nicole two years ago about one of her dreams: to be an expert TV contributor when it comes to great athletes signing big contracts.
I hope she’s enjoying the irony of people from across the sports media landscape discussing the record-breaking contract she helped broker. The first of many, I’m sure.
Let that sink in.