Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts took the time to surprise one of his biggest fans on Thursday.
Hurts, who starred for the Crimson Tide in 2016 as a true freshman, ventured to Arts ‘n Autism, an after-school program in Tuscaloosa that provides services for children and young adults with autism. The fan, Justin Mixon, was talking glowingly about Hurts, not knowing the quarterback was standing right behind him.
The result was this awesome moment:
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Cecil Hurt from TideSports.com reached out to the folks at Arts ‘n Autism to get the full story about Justin and how he became such a big fan of Hurts. As it turns out, Justin was one of the first children to participate in the program back when it began in 1994. All of these years later, he’s still helping out as a music teacher after graduating from Alabama with a music degree in 2011.
“One characteristic of many people with autism is that they have very big interests,” said Patricia Thomas, the program director. “They will become experts in one or two things that they have an interest in, and things they don’t have an interest in, they don’t focus on as much. Justin’s big interests are music and sports.”
Last season, that sports interest was centered on Alabama’s new quarterback.
“His big idol is Jalen Hurts,” Thomas said. “That’s very important to him. Justin is a very solid, truthful, loving person and he takes the idea of a hero very seriously. He can tell you everything you want to know about Jalen, maybe more than you want to know if your time is limited.”
Hurts eventually heard about Justin and made sure to pay him a visit. The result is the awesome video above.
How cool is that?
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