10 Facts You Didn't Know About Jared Goff

Jared Goff is a rising star quarterback in the NFL currently leading the charge for the Detroit Lions. Drafted first overall in 2016 by the Los Angeles Rams, Goff overcame early struggles to blossom into a Pro Bowl caliber player. He orchestrated the Rams' high-powered offense to Super Bowl LIII, showcasing his strong arm and decision-making skills. After a trade to Detroit in 2021, Goff has shown flashes of his past brilliance, with some experts considering him a key to the Lions' potential resurgence.

Jared Thomas Goff was selected first overall in the 2016 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams. Here are the 10 Facts You Didn’t Know About Jared Goff!

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10. Jared Goff was born and raised in Novato, California, and he is the only son of Jerry and Nancy Goff.

Jared Goff has a sister named Lauren. His father is a former Major League Baseball catcher who played for the Montreal Expos, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Houston Astros. His father was also a Cal athlete, playing as an all-conference and all-district catcher for the school’s Golden Bears baseball team.

9. Jared Goff’s mother said, “When he was really little – like, 5, – when they still did co-ed soccer, he would mow girls down. Not meaning to! We were like, ‘Jared, you can’t do that!’”

His first youth-league football coach let players choose their position, so at age 7, he jogged over to join the linemen. His father tracked down an assistant coach and asked: “How about if he tries out at quarterback?”

8. Jared Goff grew up as a San Francisco 49ers fan and wears the number 16 as a tribute to Joe Montana, who played for the 49ers.

Goff attended Marin Catholic High School in Kentfield, California and graduated in 2012. He played for the football team, where he threw for 7,687 yards and 93 touchdowns with 18 interceptions in three varsity seasons.

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7. Jared Goff was recruited by a number of college programs and received scholarship offers from Boise State, Fresno State, and Washington State, before choosing to attend and play for the University of California, Berkeley.

Jared Goff was a mid-year enrollee at Cal in January 2013 and joined the team for 2013 spring practices.

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6. In August 2013, Jared Goff was named the starting quarterback for the 2013 season over redshirt freshman quarterback Zach Kline, becoming the first true freshman quarterback in Cal history to start a season opener.

Jared Goff set 26 Cal records. This included passing yards (12,220), passing yards per game (329.7), TD passes (96), completions (977), passing attempts (1,569), total offense (12,086), and total plays (1,739). He is second, only to Aaron Rodgers on Cal’s all-time list for passing efficiency (143.95).

5. After some Cal road victories, Jared Goff would get home at 3 a.m., crank up the music and order his slumbering roommates to come join the fun.

After home games, it was a live show: he was known to invite the entire Cal marching band into the living room.

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4. Jared Goff majored in sociology in his time at Cal.

After his junior season, he announced his decision to forgo his senior season and enter the 2016 NFL Draft. His hands measured in at just over 9 inches at the NFL Scouting Combine in February 2016, prompting some small-hand wringing about whether his mitts could secure the football well enough in the NFL.

Despite not excelling at the physical tests at the combine, he still improved his draft stock with a strong showing in the positional drills. He also reportedly scored a 36 on his Wonderlic exam.

3. Jared Goff appeared as a guest for the Outdoor Channel’s “Gridiron Outdoors”, which is hosted by former football quarterback Mike Pawlawski in 2016.

Goff has an enzyme deficiency that does not allow his body to break down proteins, including not being able to process red meat.

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2. Jared Goff roomed with right tackle Steven Moore in college, and his old teammate did not have many great things to say about the QB when it came to his Madden skills.

Moore said, “He’s not very good at Madden; he can’t read defenses in Madden. He can’t read defenses as good as he can in person. I think that’s because he thinks, when he’s playing quarterback, and he throws the ball, he knows he can lob it in to throw it straight, and the [virtual] quarterback doesn’t do it. He gets frustrated with that type of stuff. Because he’s as good as he is, it makes him worse at Madden.”

1. In the Rams’ debut on HBO’s “Hard Knocks” in 2016, it was revealed that Jared Goff did not know from which direction the sun rises.

Jared Goff is a fan of the Golden State Warriors, and he has a golden retriever named Leo. He hates flying in economy class. He concedes his idea of picking out an outfit is grabbing a shirt off the floor, giving it a sniff, and pulling it on if it passes the smell test.

One of his agents rolled his eyes when Goff showed up to talk to reporters at the combine and hadn’t combed his hair, failing to capitalize on the $80 haircut he had just gotten.

That’s all 10 Facts You Didn't Know About Jared Goff, tell us if you think Jared Goff is better than Carson Wentz!

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