On the heels of a breakout 2015 season (64 receptions for 1,031 yards and 10 touchdowns), Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Allen Hurns got rewarded with a four-year, $40 million contract extension ($20 million guaranteed). ESPN.com’s Mike DiRico wrote about Hurns recently, with a revelation of an inconvenient allergy for a football player.
Hurns is allergic to grass, of all things, but it does not cause him breathing issues and results in a rash on his arms and legs.
Hurns has called his allergy “more of a nuisance than a problem” and he told DiRico “sometimes I break out, sometimes I don’t.” He said he wears long sleeves and/or tights to prevent direct contact, which makes sense as a purely preventative measure. The overall prevalence of artificial surfaces, field turf in particular, probably mitigates a lot of the risk for Hurns.
Hurns went undrafted in 2014, and he has quickly made himself into a prominent part of Jacksonville’s offense. So his grass allergy is not holding his career back, with a nice new contract as the top evidence.