Well, the Los Angeles Chargers didn't listen to the naysayers, and ended up selecting the strong-armed signal caller with the sixth-overall pick.
That was potentially a franchise-altering move for the Bolts. Herbert stepped into the spotlight as a rookie and absolutely dominated.
And it wasn't only on the field that Herbert was exceeding expectations. He's also been linked to a sports reporter off it.
Who is Justin Herbert's Girlfriend?
Although American football quarterback Justin Herbert and Monster Energy model Rylee Jean Kirk never made a public appearance together, rumors swirled over a potential relationship between the two. Those rumors started when they followed one another on social media. However, NFL player's representatives denied any such relationship.
Today, it appears Herbert's love life is gaining steam. The LA Chargers QB has been linked to NFL Network reporter Taylor Bisciotti. The Atlanta-born SEC Network and ESPN sideline reporter got her degree in Broadcast Journalism (not sports journalism) from the University of Georgia, where she also double-majored in Business Marketing.
However, she has yet to become "Justin Herbert's girlfriend Taylor Bisciotti" publicly, but maybe the Chargers quarterback and 2020 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year will change that soon. But, he does keep his personal life close to the vest. The star quarterback and the on-air reporter pundit have reportedly been seen around Los Angeles together, although they haven't confirmed a relationship and are keeping things low-key.
Justin Herbert's Football Career
Justin Herbert was born and raised in Eugene, Oregon, to parents Mark and Holly Herbert. He got to live his dream by playing college football for his beloved Oregon Ducks after starring at Sheldon High School.
The ties to UO run deep. His younger brother Patrick was also a football player for the Ducks as a tight end, and Herbert's grandfather Rich Schwab was a wide receiver for the Pac-12 program in the 1960s.
Herbert played four seasons at the University of Oregon, throwing for over 10,000 passing yards, 95 touchdown passes and 23 interceptions.
During his senior season he led the Ducks to a Rose Bowl victory and took home the bowl game's MVP award. He also earned the William V. Campbell Trophy, showcasing his strong work ethic both on and off the field.
Herbert was a first-round draft pick by the Los Angeles Chargers in the 2020 NFL Draft, where he was expected to serve in a backup capacity as a rookie.
However, a bizarre injury to starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor threw Herbert into the mix early on in his first year in the league.
Herbert took the challenge in stride and stunned the NFL en route to throwing 31 touchdowns and just 10 interceptions. While the Chargers were still far from elite, they knew they found their quarterback of the future and an NFL star.
Chargers QB Justin Herbert was named the 2020 Offensive Rookie of the Year, and hasn't missed a beat so far under head coach Brandon Staley at SoFi Stadium. The Chargers' signal caller may still be young, and his net worth isn't too massive, but he's more than capable of going toe to toe with Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens, Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs, Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Derek Carr and the Las Vegas Raiders on Monday Night Football on ESPN. Simply put, Herbert is one of the best QBs in the National Football League.
The Super Bowl certainly seems a long way away, but with Herbert under center, it no longer looks like a mere pipe dream in L.A.
This article was originally published on October 4th, 2021 and has been updated since.
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