His entire life, Justin Herbert has only ever known the game of football in Oregon.
The Eugene-native played for Sheldon High School before getting an offer and committing to pursue an academic and athletic career four miles down the road at the University of Oregon.
The hometown hero took over the reigns as a freshman in 2016, and the rest is history. Herbert’s talent and leadership brought Oregon back to national relevance, from a 4-8 season in 2016 to a Pac-12 Championship and Rose Bowl victory in 2020.
Now, he is taking the next step in this football career, 857 miles south to Los Angeles, California.
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For the first time, Justin Herbert will be living and playing football away from Eugene.
A proper sendoff was needed. Herbert’s parents offered their son life advice in this Twitter video from the Chargers.
As you begin this new chapter, the chapter you have dreamed about and worked hard for, we just want you to know how proud we are of you…”
"You got this. And if you ever need anything, we got you."— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) June 22, 2020
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For those who have been following Herbert’s career, you probably already know that Herbert has a strong head on his broad shoulders. A solid student in the classroom, a family-oriented mindset and leader on the football field.
Herbert’s dad was Justin’s coach for part of his life.
When he coached, we lived by four rules: Never give up; Do your best; Always get better; and treat people the way you want to be treated. — Justin Herbert
Watch more on Herbert’s family influence throughout his football career in our interview with him the summer before his senior year on Talkin’ Ducks.
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