The Los Angeles Chargers rookie quarter back has had an exceptional season. After the week 16 matchup with the Denver Broncos, Justin Herbert has a spot in the record books to show for it.
It only took Herbert until the second quarter in his 14th game to etch his name in history. His nine-yard throw to Chargers running back Austin Ekeler gave LA an early lead, up 13-0 heading into half-time against the Broncos on Sunday.
The short pass was Herbert’s 28th passing touchdown of the season, which set the record for passing touchdowns by a rookie. The feat eclipses the previous best which was 27 touchdowns - set by Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield in 2018.
What makes Herbert’s year more remarkable is that he didn’t play in week one and he still has one more game to play in the season. That game is against the Kansas City Chiefs, who Herbert made his debut against in a week two thriller that saw the Chargers lose by a field goal in overtime.
He may have started his career early under odd circumstances, but LA’s future is bright with Herbert.