Justin Herbert is a young quarterback from Eugene, Oregon, who is a passer that has a ton of potential. He has a great arm and is a passer that has a lot of upside. Here's the 10 Facts You Didn't Know About Justin Herbert.
10. Herbert’s first NFL start occurred in Week 2 during the 2020 season.
He wasn’t expected to start the game, but got the nod after Chargers veteran quarterback Tyrod Taylor had his lung punctured in pre-game warm-ups. How did Taylor suffer the chest injury?
It happened when Taylor was working with the Chargers team doctor. Head coach Anthony Lynn informed Herbert that he would start the game just 30 seconds before kickoff. Chargers tight end Hunter Henry was so shocked to see Herbert in the huddle that he asked him “what he was doing there?”
9. The Los Angeles Chargers quarterback nearly gave up football with high school’s end in sight.
He had little interest from Division I schools coming out of high school in Eugene, Oregon.
Herbert was a top baseball pitcher at Sheldon High School and he believed a career in baseball was more likely. It wasn’t until Herbert was nearing the end of his senior season in high school that Oregon came calling. Oregon’s interest in Herbert may have come mostly due to him growing up in Eugene. Had the quarterback played high school football elsewhere, they may not have signed him.
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8. Herbert isn’t very active on social media.
The Los Angeles Chargers quarterback doesn’t use Twitter to connect with fans. In fact, he only joined Instagram prior to the NFL Draft in 2020.
He was encouraged to join Instagram as a way to market himself. However, Herbert has stated he doesn’t really run his social media accounts. He prefers for people to know as little as possible about him.
7. It is claimed that Herbert is in a low-key relationship with Taylor Bisciotti.
The blonde bombshell works for the NFL Network and previously worked as a host for Sporting News. Bisciotti also worked as a sideline reporter for ESPN and the SEC Network. At one time, Herbert was reportedly in a relationship with Sabrina Elaine Ionescu. Ionescu is a professional basketball player for the New York Liberty of the Women's National Basketball Association. She played college basketball for the Oregon Ducks, the same school that Herbert played football at.
Their relationship seems to have ended with Herbert turning his attention to Bisciotti. It also doesn’t help that both Ionescu and Herbert are on opposite coasts.
6. Herbert’s family has a history with Oregon University that dates back to the 1960s.
His grandfather, Rich Schwab, was a wide receiver on the Ducks football team. Schwab played for the Ducks from 1960 to 1963 and helped the team reach the Sun Bowl. Herbert’s brother, Patrick, is also a player at Oregon and is a tight end at the school. In August of 2021, Patrick suffered a knee injury and is currently sidelined for the Ducks.
5. The Chargers quarterback admits he doesn’t prepare many, if any, meals himself.
Prior to the 2020 NFL Draft, Herbert ate a lot of catered meals and prepackaged foods that were prepared fresh for the day. His diet focused on low-dairy and low carb, while eating lots of protein. When the football season starts, Herbert’s diet changes slightly to add more carbs.
One of the big revelations about Herbert’s diet is that he often stops at Subway to get a sandwich for dinner. Actually, Herbert typically gets two sandwiches to eat when he stops by. His go-to Subway sandwiches are steak and cheese and chicken bacon ranch on Italian herbs and cheese bread.
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4. Coming out of high school, Herbert was a 3-star dual-threat quarterback ranked 659th nationally.
He was considering going to play for Portland State, Northern Arizona, and Montana State before landing at Oregon. Had Herbert played for either of those three schools, he probably wouldn’t be with the Chargers now. As a high school senior, Herbert passed for 3,130 yards and 37 touchdowns and ran for 543 yards and 10 touchdowns while making first-Team All-State.
He was named the Southwest Conference Offensive Player of the Year. Herbert may never have had a chance to play at Oregon had four-star recruit Ryan Kelley not decommitted to the program. Kelley ended up at Arizona State, but left the program later on. Herbert has said he didn’t worry about not being recruited by schools and had baseball to fall back on.
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3. Herbert lived his dream of playing with the Oregon Ducks.
He grew up just down the street from the university in Eugene and had season tickets to see the Ducks home games. His love of Oregon Ducks football led to him immediately accepting the offer of a scholarship to play at the school.
2. Herbert was the first true-freshman quarterback to start for the Ducks since 1983 when he debuted in 2016.
While playing for the Oregon Ducks from 2016 to 2019, the quarterback accumulated 10,541 yards and 95 touchdowns, and a 63.9% completion rate. He started every game at Oregon as a junior and senior before finishing his career with a record of 29 and 14. He was also a solid performer in the classroom gaining Academic All-American honors in three straight seasons. In 2020, Herbert was the Rose Bowl’s Offensive MVP as the Ducks defeated the Wisconsin Badgers 28 to 27.
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1. Herbert was drafted sixth overall by the Chargers in 2020.
After being selected by the team, he signed a four-year contract with a salary of $6.6 million per year. He earns $18,205 per day or $759 per hour.
He has several sponsorship deals as well. He works with Bose headphones, Head and Shoulders shampoo, Flag and Anthem clothing company, FedEx, and Nike. If Herbert has another solid season, he could be in line for a new, more lucrative deal from the Chargers.
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