Report: Jalen Hurts Told Eagles 'We Will Not Be Denied' vs. Bucs in Pregame Speech

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 16, 2022

TAMPA, FLORIDA - JANUARY 16: Jalen Hurts #1 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs off the field at the end of the second quarter in the NFC Wild Card Playoff game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on January 16, 2022 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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Jalen Hurts gave a passionate speech the night before the Philadelphia Eagles' NFC Wild Card Game on Sunday with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to NBC Sports Philadelphia's John Clark.

Hurts' message to his teammates was that "we will not be denied."

John Clark @JClarkNBCS

I’m told Jalen Hurts was chosen to speak to Eagles in team meeting last night<br><br>I hear it was a great speech &amp; got loudest ovation of captains who’ve spoken<br><br>He spoke from the heart &amp; said he was grateful for his brothers on the team &amp; the motto for today<br><br>“We will not be denied” <a href="https://t.co/8lkKdxUooQ">pic.twitter.com/8lkKdxUooQ</a>

Inspiring words aren't enough to take down the defending Super Bowl champions, though. The Buccaneers opened up a 17-0 lead at halftime and limited the Eagles to 118 total yards. Hurts was 11-of-19 for 88 yards and one interception in the first half.

Still, Hurts' ability to captivate the team is evidence of how he has stamped his place as the franchise quarterback. The 2020 second-round pick took a step forward in 2021. He threw for 3,144 yards and 16 touchdowns and was the team's leading rusher (784 yards, 10 touchdowns).

Even if Philadelphia comes out on the losing end Sunday, it should do little to shake the organization's commitment to Hurts going forward.