Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Jalen Hurts is heading into his sophomore campaign with high expectation to duplicate his success from last season.

With the shadow of backup quarterback Tua Tagovailoa following him throughout the off season and a new offensive coordinator in Brian Daboll, Hurts has used his experience at the Manning Passing Academy to development more confidence on and off the field heading into this upcoming season.

Former Alabama quarterback and NFL Hall of Famer Joe Namath joined The Game with Ryan Fowler and he talked about his confidence in Hurts and his leadership moving forward as the starting quarterback at Alabama.

"I thought he was remarkable last season, I think he is remarkable now for a young man," Namath said. "Obviously it starts at home and his mom and dad where he came from in Texas did a wonderful job with him. The way he carried himself throughout the season last year and Coach Saban spoke very highly of Jalen again going into this fall how he's taking the leadership role on more, he's gotten wiser with what he went through last year, he's smarter, he's more advanced with the offense.

"I'm excited about the entire team and thankful that he's on our side."

Namath, who led the Crimson Tide to 29-4 throughout three season and won a National Championship in 1964. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985 after 12 season with the New York Jets and a Super Bowl win in 1969.

He also expressed his gratitude towards Coach Nick Saban and how he's ran a respectful program here in Tuscaloosa.

"I'm thankful for Nick Saban and his staff that he's put together, I'm thankful for the support from our Alabama fans throughout the years, I'm thankful for young men that get out there and do a great job year in and year out."

You can hear more of Joe Namath's interview on the video above and tune into The Game with Ryan Fowler weekday afternoons from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.