Billionaire sponsored Hurts, Graham’s trip to Syracuse-Virginia basketball game

Posted on January 31, 2023

We see Jalen Hurts on television all the time lately, but we sure didn’t expect to see him Monday night.

Hurts and Brandon Graham were getting plenty of air time courtside at the Syracuse-Virginia men’s basketball game, one day after the Eagles clinched a trip to the Super Bowl by defeating the 49ers, 31-7.

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At first, when the camera showed Hurts without identifying him, we weren’t sure it was him and we couldn’t figure out why he was there.

Neither Hurts nor Graham attended Syracuse. Hurts went to Alabama and Oklahoma. Graham attended Michigan.

Syracuse. com provided the answer. It reported that the Eagles player were guests of billionaire Adam Weitsman, the owner and CEO of Upstate Shredding-Weitsman Recycling.

Weitsman is a high-profile Syracuse booster. He told the website that the players would sit in his courtside seats next to the Syracuse bench.

Hurts and Graham join a list of guests sponsored by Weitsman over the years to Syracuse, including Allen Iverson, Tom Brady, Jimmy Fallon, Giannis Antetokounmpo, according to the website.


Left guard Landon Dickerson left the NFC title game holding his right elbow. The Inquirer reported that the Pro Bowler suffered a hyperextension of the elbow and is expected to play in the Super Bowl against the Chiefs.


Brock Purdy, we hardly knew ye.

The 49ers rookie quarterback injured his right elbow on the sixth play of Sunday’s NFC title game when Eagles linebacker Haason Reddick hit him and caused a fumble.

Purdy left the game for the rest of the first half. When back-up quarterback Josh Johnson suffered a concussion in the second half, Purdy returned and attempted two short passes.

Turns out, Purdy suffered a complete tear of the ulnar collateral ligament and will need surgery, according to the NFL Network. He is expected to miss six months.

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