Famous Friday: Jordan Love
If you watched the NFL draft last week, you probably heard the name Jordan Love, the quarterback who the Packers selected with the 28th pick of the first round.
Love was born in Bakersfield, California on November 2, 1998 to a white mother and a black father. From a young age, he excelled on the football field, yet he only received one FBS Scholarship offer. By his senior year, Love committed play college football at Utah State.
Surely other colleges quickly realized that they had overlooked a real talent. In the middle of his season as a redshirt freshman, Love became a starter and passed for 1,631 yards, 8 touchdowns, and 6 interceptions. The next year, he set a school record throwing for 3,567 yards along with 32 touchdowns, and 6 interceptions. He was also named the MVP of the 2018 New Mexico Bowl after passing for nearly 400 yards and 4 touchdowns. After his 2019 season Jordan Love entered the NFL Draft.
Love has many strengths, but his game has shown some inconsistencies throughout his college career. In fact, he is probably the most controversial player in this draft. His powerful arm and ability to keep plays alive has led many to compare the 6’4” QB to another multiracial QB, Patrick Mahomes, who is widely considered the best quarterback in the NFL. With that perspective, they claim that he absolutely deserved to go in the first round. Others, however, have gone so far to say that he shouldn’t even have been drafted at all. With all that said, the Packers traded up to pick him and their general manager Brian Gutekunst considers him “a weapon that can help immediately.”
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