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Brett Favre to Justin Herbert: You're playing like a 10-year veteran

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For years, anyone who watched the Oregon Ducks regularly knew Justin Herbert was special.

Whether it was starting as a true freshman without spring camp, turning around the Ducks from a 4-8 program to winning the Rose Bowl, or his cannon of an arm, Herbert was always destined to succeed wherever he went. 

Now that he's lighting it up in the NFL on his way to a likely Offensive Rookie of the Year Award, the whole nation is taking notice including one of the greats: Brett Favre

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The Pro Football Hall-of-Famer recently had the Eugene product as a guest on Favre's Sirius XM radio show, where he described Herbert's play as being "a 10-year veteran."

"You're blowing the stats out the room and I'm just curious how do you feel that you're playing? Do you feel like the game is... slowing down[?] How do you see your season unfolding? 

"Is it like you assumed it would be? Is it tougher? Is it easier? Because you're playing like a 10-year veteran. What's the secret?" asked Favre.

Herbert was understandably humbled by the Green Bay legend's evaluation of him.

"Well, I really appreciate you saying that," responded Herbert. "It's been fast and I don't know if it's really slowed down. It's still so fast and those edge rushers and the guys on defense are so much faster than they were in college. And that's something I've had to kind of learn through experience."

 

The rookie went on to say he wants to win more games and that he's not satisfied with his team's record, but the Chargers losses have not been his fault.

Poor coaching and game management have cost Los Angeles multiple wins and the expectations heading into 2021 should be for Herbert to be starting his first NFL postseason contest. 

As a rookie, Herbert has thrown for 3,781 yards (8th in the NFL), 27 touchdowns (tied a rookie record), and 10 interceptions. He also did not start the season opener due to Anthony Lynn naming Tyrod Taylor his starting quarterback.