- By Bob D’Angelo, Cox Media Group National Content Desk
It’s easier to pay off a bet when you have a national championship in your pocket.
On Thursday, Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts wore the jersey of the Crimson Tide’s bitter rival, Auburn, on campus, ESPN reported.
Hurts had made a bet on Nov. 14 with Auburn alumnus Charles Barkley before the Iron Bowl game between the two Alabama universities.
"Jalen Hurts challenged me to a bet, and I ain't forgot it, Jalen," Barkley said that day. "I'm either going to wear an Alabama jersey on TV, or he's going to have to wear (an Auburn jersey) on campus. ... I've got the jersey coming.
"My Tigers need to win because I don't want to wear that crap on TNT."
Auburn stunned No. 1 Alabama 26-14, handing the Crimson Tide its only loss of the season.
Hurts paid off the bet Thursday, as the school posted a video on its Twitter feed.
"What's up, Charles," Hurts said. "Obviously, I'm a man of my word. And first off, I'd just like to congratulate Auburn and the Auburn family on their successful season this year. But I think it's time I get to class. I'm running kind of late for English."
Hurts added a “Roll Tide” before walking away.
While Alabama lost to Auburn, the Crimson Tide qualified for the College Football Playoff games and won the national title with a 26-23 overtime victory against Georgia.