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Patrick Mahomes, Jalen Hurts Show Big 12 Some Love at Super Bowl Media Day

The Big 12 conference took a big step forward at the professional level as three of the four starting quarterbacks in the championship round of the NFL playoffs were products of the conference.

Patrick Mahomes, Jalen Hurts, and Brock Purdy all three played for Big 12 schools with Mahomes at Texas Tech, Hurts at Oklahoma, and Purdy at Iowa State. Ahead of Super Bowl 57, both Hurts and Mahomes spoke on the level of competition in the Big 12 conference highlighting what fans have known for a while.

 

Mahomes started off by showing love to the TCU Horned Frogs by saying, “It’s exciting, I mean you saw TCU in the national championship. It didn’t go their way, but the Big 12 was in the national championship.”

Mahomes continued by speaking to fellow championship game QBs Hurts and Purdy saying, “To have three of the quarterbacks [in the final four] it shows that we’re continuing to evolve the game. I mean the Big 12 was running the spread I think before anybody, and showcasing what it can be like to throw the football and make plays happen at the quarterback position. It’s the first time but I’m sure it won’t be the last time, I mean there’s a lot of great Big 12 quarterbacks coming out.”

 

Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts echoed Mahomes’ statements by saying, “You know I’ve always had a very high respect for offense in the Big 12, and football in the Big 12. My respect for the conference definitely grew when I had to play in the conference. You see all the quarterbacks that come through the Big 12, and obviously, Pat and myself playing in this game, I think it’s a great representation of the conference.”

Mahomes and Hurts are two of the backbones of Big 12 football at the quarterback position as they became two of the five playoff quarterbacks from the Big 12 conference in the 2023 NFL playoffs. The Super Bowl quarterbacks joined 49ers QB Brock Purdy, Dolphins QB Skylar Thompson, and Seahawks QB Geno Smith to make up the most represented conference at the quarterback position in the 2023 playoffs.

Super Bowl LVII between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Philidelphia Eagles will kick off on Sunday, February 12th at 5:30 PM CST.

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