Former Bama star Jalen Hurts befriends bullied boy — ‘It meant the world to me’
Former University of Alabama star quarterback Jalen Hurts continues to be an exemplary role model.
This past weekend, Hurts’ current team — the University of Oklahoma Sooners — hosted 12-year-old Rayden Overbay as their special guest.
Overbay, who has autism, Type 2 diabetes and is deaf in one ear, went viral recently — but not for a good reason. The boy made national headlines after being assaulted by bullies in two separate incidents, each recorded on video.
Hurts heard about Overbay’s story, and the Heisman contender spent time with him after the Sooners’ game against Iowa State on Saturday in the locker room.
In a video posted by ESPN, Hurts can be seen signing a football for the boy before telling him that he and his teammates are behind him.
Jalen Hurts showed support to Rayden Overbay after a video of him getting bullied went viral.
— ESPN (@espn) November 11, 2019
Hurts also told OU Daily how important the experience was to him.
The quarterback said Overbay inspires him.
“I mean honestly, Rayden is an inspiration to me,” Hurts said. “I told him he was a soldier for just how he handled himself. It meant the world to me honestly to meet him. That whole meeting was great for me, and he has a friend in me.”
Sean Ross is the editor of Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @sean_yhn