Justin Herbert is a very calm guy, that’s kind of what I like about him. He hangs his head, gets the job done, and has nothing flashy to say afterwards. He was unfairly given shit for not being some kind of outgoing alpha chad like the media expects all quarterbacks to be, and this article shows how he accepted that. There are a few parts of this profile that I really like, starting with the fact that he’s probably the most polished player in the league. Mina Kimes, who wrote the profile, spoke to some of her other teammates to get a feel for our handsome king of surfing. Including Gametime FB alum Gabe Nabers:
Nabers says he only saw Herbert’s anger flare up once, when Nabers tried to abandon his grocery cart in the parking lot. “The first time we went shopping, I was like, ‘Hey, I’m going to leave it here,'” he said, miming a slight push. “And he said, ‘No. Take it back until ‘at the end.
I love this. The dude is a famous multi-millionaire who is still entrenched enough to keep other players honest and polite. For me, the way people treat those who work in the service industry is the most telling way to discover their personality. And mate, this character suits me very well.
His teammates describe him as a homebody, more fond of movies — he likes Christopher Nolan movies, especially “Inception” and “Interstellar” – and playing board games rather than going out. During camp last year, when recruits were quarantined together in a hotel, he insisted on buying a copy of Settlers of Catan, the risk-like strategy game where players gather resources to accumulate territory, for the group. Gabe Nabers, the team’s fullback, says they played almost every night. “He loves this game,” says Nabers. “He will do anything to win.
2 big things to like about it. As a filmmaker, I love that he’s a Nolan monster. It’s obviously not super unique, but I feel like a lot of pro athletes are freaks with the media. Some don’t watch movies or TV, some don’t play video games, and some stay off social media. Herbert himself has nothing but an IG, which he admits in the article is run by others to do sponsor stuff. It sounds weird, but watching movies is a “celebrities, they’re like us!” something with great athletes.
The other big thing is that he’s obsessed with the settlers in Catania. I can’t think of a cornier hobby for an athlete, and I’ve seen footage of Gordon Heyward in Starcraft tournaments.
Herbert, who now lives alone (he recently adopted a cat, which he named Nova, after a weapon in the Call of Duty video game), doesn’t dispute that characterization. “I like neat things,” he says. “Things have a place, and you have to put them back where they came from.” His preference for order extends to the football field, where he likes to feel confident in his ability to sort through the mess on defense and Marie Kondo heads for a first down – pre-snap recognition, in quarterback terms . One of his favorite moments as a rookie came on a seemingly unremarkable play, when he recognized a defensive look from the Raiders, killed the call, then reloaded it after Las Vegas adjusted to its adjustment.
I’m definitely a little hesitant about him being a cat rather than a dog. But naming her cat after a COD gas grenade sort of equals her to me. Plus, I love how he lets his need for organization go from his normal life to his real life. Having a QB who is so organized that he can point out and recognize any changes and know the proper adjustment is the storyline for a team.
Herbert is coming off the best statistical season by a Rookie QB in NFL history, and he’s just getting started
PS Kudos to the great Mina Kimes for getting so much out of Herbert. Probably the only person I’ve seen besides the PMT boys to have passed his hard shell.