Maurice's mother, Caroline Hurt, thought her son would follow her footsteps and play basketball. She never dreamed he would one day strap on an NFL helmet.
"When he told me that he was going to concentrate on football it kind of upset me because I thought it was dangerous," said Caroline Hurt.
Fear quickly grew to passion for Caroline Hurt as her son taught her the game of football one weekend at a time.
"On Saturday mornings we just started watching college football. He basically, on Saturday morning we'd sit here and he taught me the game," said Caroline Hurt.
Maurice started at
"Left tackle is such an important position, even on the pro level. You got to have a guy that you can rely on that's going to protect that quarterback's backside and you know going to be able to get the job done," said Jesse Hicks, former Baldwin Head Coach / current Dougherty Co. Head Coach.
Maurice got the job done and was an all-state lineman. With recruiting calls ringing off the hook and scholarship letters filling the mail box, Hurt decided to be a gator.
"Commitment is you give your word and if you give your word, I expect you to do that. He said he was ready so he signed," said Caroline Hurt.
Maurice's head coach at
"He's very versatile. The big thing is verbiage, the speed of the game, and him being able to pick up on the plays."
The NFL brings a big paycheck and Maurice's father hopes his son can manage the success.
"There are a lot of things out there that can come at you and you got to be able to determine whether they're sheep in wolves clothing," said Sparrow Hurt, Maurice’s father.
The Hurt family worked together to help their son. Caroline recalls a game day when she was sick and still showed up to the stadium.
"I did not want him to look up in the stands and not see me because I knew he would be upset," said Caroline Hurt.
Maurice Hurt was selected in the 7th round by the Washington Redskins and was the 217 overall pick.