Los Angeles Chargers star Justin Herbert is widely considered one of the top 10 quarterbacks in the NFL and will have his first playoff tryout against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Saturday night.
Herbert led the Chargers to their first 10-win season since 2018. With 4,739 passing yards in the 2022 season, he became the first NFL quarterback to reach the 4,000-yard goal in each of his first three seasons. He added 25 touchdown passes and 10 interceptions to his stat line.
Over the past few weeks, the former Oregon standout has made some incredible throws to his wide receivers that have NFL pundits scratching their heads and wondering how. His backups, Chase Daniel and Easton Stick, made it clear in a recent interview with ESPN that what they’ve seen of Herbert, shooting-wise, hasn’t been “normal.”
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“The pitches he makes are not normal,” Daniel said. “I’ve been to a lot of places, I’ve seen a lot of things and I’m here to tell you: those things are not normal.”
Herbert, even as he enters the world of NFL stardom he may never have dreamed of and is front and center in shampoo commercials, is lovingly scolded by his teammates for his modesty. ESPN noted how Herbert speaks in “we” and not “me.” One teammate went so far as to say that Herbert even turned down the game ball, which is customarily given to a player who excels in a particular game.
“It’s like, ‘No. No. No.’ We’ve told him, ‘Justin, you’ve got to stop being so modest.’ He’s like, ‘No, man.’ If he said, ‘Man, I can’t believe that gunfight you did at Indy,’ and he’s like, ‘ It was only possible because you guys stopped them on defense,'” Chargers defensive lineman Breiden Fehoko told the outlet.
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“He’s too nice and doesn’t like to be the center of attention. He’s the same with us as with everyone else. What you see is what he gives us. He’s not a show or a facade. He’s a humble, silent killer.” with great hair.”
The good-guy persona also emerged last year, when Gabe Nabers shed some light on the quarterback. greater hobbies.
“The first time we went shopping, I was like, ‘Hey, I’ll leave it here,'” Nabers recalled in an interview with ESPN in 2021, referring to a shopping cart. “And he said, ‘No. Take it all the way.'”
Herbert backed up the story, saying, “I like things neat.”
“Things have a place and you have to return them to their place of origin.”
Herbert said at the time that he liked that people didn’t really know much about him.
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“I’d like to meet people on the Giants roster who could explain what Eli Manning was about, how he acted in the meeting,” he said. “I bet when he came on the field, he was in control of the offense. Because he had to. And maybe he’s soft-spoken off the football field, and maybe he doesn’t like all the attention, but I don’t like it.” like”. I think that loving attention and needing it is a requirement to be a good football player.”
Fox News’ Paulina Dedaj contributed to this report.