Justin Herbert says he loves football so much that he doesn’t like time off in the summer

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With minicamps coming to an end and training camps opening in six weeks, NFL players are getting some time off. Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert doesn’t need it.

“I think the great thing about football, for me, is I need football,” Herbert said. “I love waking up and going to work and lifting, running, throwing and watching film. I think too much off time can kind of be a burden to me sometimes, so I always look forward to having stuff to do, whether that’s watching film or us throwing or being out here for OTAs. I think that’s kind of what I look forward to.”

Asked if he takes a vacation, Herbert said that to him, his job feels like a vacation.

“I feel like I’m kind of on vacation right now,” he said. “I think that if you’re taking a vacation, you’re trying to get away from something. I always look forward to coming to this place and working and doing all of these fun things. Going home, I’ll do the same thing, trying to have as much fun as I can with my family and things like that, but it is work and getting ready for the season.”

Herbert likes to do something football-related every single day.

“I feel like I just get bored sometimes without football, he said. “Saturdays and Sundays are nice, but at the same time, I’d rather be playing and having something to do because I hate hanging around my house and not doing anything or accomplishing anything.”

33 responses to “Justin Herbert says he loves football so much that he doesn’t like time off in the summer

  1. Sounds like he’s angling to play part-time in the CFL until it’s time to report to his real job.

  2. Dolphins fans are you sad about Herbert? Ever wonder what might have been? Do we blame the owner or the GM?

  3. We’ve all seen your girlfriend bro. Should probably spend that extra time with her.

  4. You can just watch this guy and know he’s going to be great someday.

  5. Career record as starter:

    TUA 13-8
    HERBERT 15-18

    Let’s see Herbert have a winning season before we call him “the best QB of the generation.” Yes, his talent is unbelievable, but… As I’ve seen on tbis site dozens of times, wins is the ultimate stat.

  6. How can you not like this kid? Arm talent, athleticism, instinct, competitiveness, passion and focus for the game, and belief in the process all in one package. He will be top 3, along with Mahomes and Allen, in couple years.

  7. Watching this guy speak is impressive. He’s really got a grip on it!
    And his arm and touch are up there with the best current Qb’s. I was surprised that the team was up and down last year record wise, losing 3 of the last 4. Should be in the playoffs in ‘22

  8. What are every football coach wants to hear. That’s awesomeness in the making.

  9. steelersfaninohio says:
    June 16, 2022 at 8:22 am
    Career record as starter:

    TUA 13-8
    HERBERT 15-18

    Let’s see Herbert have a winning season before we call him “the best QB of the generation.” Yes, his talent is unbelievable, but… As I’ve seen on tbis site dozens of times, wins is the ultimate stat.
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    So from what you have seen, you are choosing Tua over Herbert?

  10. Better athlete than Josh Allen., better passer than Mahomes. Smarter than both of them

  11. When most football players are angling for the most money for the least work, this guy just wants to play. Wish we had more like him.

  12. Burrow and Herbert will be better and greater than Mahomes and Allen. It won’t even be a debate when their careers are over.

  13. “I feel like I just get bored sometimes without football, he said. Wait ’til Herbert has kids. Ten bucks says he puts this kind of work ethic / effort into raising them and they will also eventually be in Canton. C’mon, in 40 years, this ten bucks will be like a nickel. Any takers?

  14. As long as he doesn’t develop a huge EGO like Aaron Rodgers and stop growing, he can be great.

  15. If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.
    -Wayne Letterkenny

  16. I don’t care who’s better but the top four QBs of this generation who will dominate the league are Mahomes, Allen, Herbert, and Burrow. Barring injury, these four (all AFC QBs) will likely be in Canton one day just like those drafted in the 80s a la Elway, Marino, Kelly, and Young. Too soon? Maybe.

  17. UMayNotLikeItButItsTrue says:
    June 16, 2022 at 5:05 am
    He will be the greatest QB of this generation.

    —————–

    Well that’s already Mahomes. For Herbert to catch him he has a lot of work to do.

  18. This makes sense to me. I don’t get why players that make many millions of dollars are able to negotiate several months off. I get the break from physical activity but why do they not need to be in the facility studying etc.

    Any other job in the world that pays even 10% of an average NFL starting salary probably works 60+ hour weeks all year round, have max 5-6 weeks of vacation and are available 24×7 including the vacations. Ask the coaches. That’s probably their life.

    The NFL players have it pretty easy in the offseason.

  19. Talent and build wise, this guy was built in a lab and only Allen can compete. One can only hope the Spanos sell the team and get an owner with deeper pockets, or else he will have a tough time competing after the rookie contract expires. The Chargers have always been cheap, from their coaching hires to their staff

  20. I love this guy. Have been watching the NFL since 1960 or so and no one ever stepped in and excelled the way he did in his rookie season and just continued that. With a weak OL. Besides that, he’s cool, a nice guy, and has good hair. One of the few players that keep me watching the NFL at this point.

  21. Herbert is already on the same tier as Mahomes and Allen alot of you guys don’t realize this will be thee 1st time he played with the same offensive system/ offensive coordinator since highschool that lets you know he’s a baller and student of the game and as a coach you don’t have to hide a weakness he jus gets it it’s him not the scheme

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