Clay Travis: “Congratulations, Jalen Hurts. $255 million contract, $179.3 million guaranteed. I screenshotted this because I thought it was so incredibly interesting— the highest paid quarterbacks in the NFL in new money average per year, this is from Field Yates… Jalen Hurts is going to be making $51 million a year. Aaron Rodgers, $49 million. Kyler Murray, $46.1 million. Deshaun Watson, $46 million. Patrick Mahomes, $45 million. Those are the highest on a per-year average in the NFL right now. Jalen Hurts, Aaron Rodgers, Kyler Murray, Deshaun Watson, and Patrick Mahomes. Four out of five of those quarterbacks are Black. I am not a ‘let's analyze everything from a race perspective’ guy. You'll know that I am a believer in individual talent and in the meritocracy itself. How are the race baiters going to explain that the NFL is super 'racist' when four of the highest-paid quarterbacks in the NFL—Jalen Hurts, Kyler Murray, Deshaun Watson, and Patrick Mahomes are all Black? Kind of slays the narrative that the NFL is ‘racist against Black quarterbacks’ doesn't it? What I've been arguing for a long time— sports is the last refuge of the meritocracy. The best man or woman wins, and the more you win, and the more talented you are, the more money you make. And that is as it should be. Capitalism has lifted more people out of poverty than any form of monetary implementation in human history. A big part of capitalism in success in America is wedding it to the meritocracy. So, congratulations to Jalen Hurts. To go from being benched because the Alabama offense was ineffective. To then lose your job to Tua Tagovailoa. To have to transfer to Oklahoma. To have everybody say you were never going to develop into an elite passing quarterback. To put your head down to perform as a second-round draft pick as he did with the Eagles this past year all the way up through the Super Bowl— it is an incredible testament to Jalen Hurts’ steadfast belief in himself, to his willingness to work harder, to his effort, his toughness, and his tenacity, but also to the meritocracy. Congratulations to Jalen Hurts from going from getting benched on the public stage of the National Championship game, being replaced by Tua, sent to a new school, to ending up as right now the highest-paid quarterback in the history of the NFL— that is a phenomenal story. It is one that should be trumpeted far and wide. It is why the NFL is and always has been one of the great examples of meritocracy in our country, and why I believe that ultimately we should make America look more like sports instead of trying to make sports look more like America. Identity politics has no business in sport— best man or woman wins.” (Full Segment Above)
Watch Clay Travis of ‘Outkick the Coverage’ discuss news of Jalen Hurts’ 5-year, $255 million deal with the Eagles, and why it rejects the narrative from ‘race baiters’ that the NFL is ‘racist’ against Black quarterbacks.
Check out the segment above as Travis points out that four of the five highest-paid quarterbacks in the NFL at the moment are Black, and says sports are one of the last examples of ‘meritocracy’ in America, where guidelines on color and gender don't exist, only the best person for the job.