Humbled Justin Herbert Gives Credit Where It’s Due After Setting Chargers Franchise Record

Cool as a cucumber. Cooler than the other side of the pillow. Those are some of the best ways to describe Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert.

In just two seasons in the NFL, Herbert continues to set NFL records and show why he will be a superstar in this league for a long time.

On Sunday against the Denver Broncos, Herbert set a new franchise record for most touchdown passes in a single season, passing the mark set by Philip Rivers back in 2008. But, Herbert deflected the credit off of himself, continuing to show his humbleness amid another impressive season.

Justin Herbert adds his name to the Chargers record books once again

In just two seasons in the NFL, Herbert’s list of accolades is impressive. Now, he tied the record for touchdown passes in a single season after connecting with Keenan Allen in the victory over Denver.

Later in the game, Herbert dropped a dime to Mike Williams to break Rivers’ record and etch his name in Chargers history.

The Chargers defeated the Broncos and kept their playoff hopes alive, and Herbert continues to amaze everybody after being full of doubts heading into the 2020 NFL Draft.

But, even with the record, Herbert continues to be humble.

Justin Herbert gives humbling response after setting the Chargers franchise record

Anytime Herbert talks, he always seems to give credit to everybody else. In the postgame interview, Herbert made sure to credit his guys “on the outside.”

Williams, Allen, Jared Cook, Donald Parham Jr., Jalen Guyton, Josh Palmer, Austin Ekeler, you name it. The list of weapons Herbert has connected with is long and impressive.

The offensive line got a shoutout from Herbert, and rookie Rashawn Slater has been a home run draft pick for general manager Tom Telesco. Center Corey Linsley is headed to the Pro Bowl alongside Slater as both new additions have made Herbert’s job much easier this time around.

Moreover, Herbert was moved to break the record and be in the same conversation as other franchise greats (h/t Cory Kennedy of chargers.com).

“I think it’s special because I was a Chargers fan growing up. I knew about all of those guys. I watched them all. They’re football legends. To be able to be even in the same conversation with them is a huge honor.”

Justin Herbert

Now, Herbert’s name is carved into the Chargers’ record books, and he will only continue to add to those totals as long as he remains in Los Angeles.

The Chargers now shift the focus to a massive game against the Raiders

Chargers QB Justin Herbert against the Broncos in 2021.
Justin Herbert | Harry How/Getty Images

All season long, you play for a chance to make the playoffs. Well, the Chargers now control their destiny.

In Week 18, the Chargers face the Las Vegas Raiders on the road. The winner gets into the playoffs, and the loser kicks themselves all offseason thinking about what could have been.

The Chargers-Raiders game got flexed into Sunday night due to its importance, putting the finishing touches on the 2021-2022 NFL regular season.

What more could you want?

Looking forward, Herbert knows his team has what it takes to snag that playoff spot.

“We’re not done yet. We still have a big game coming up on Sunday. We’re going to need to have a good week of practice heading into it.”

Justin Herbert on Raiders game

Win and you’re in — it’s as simple as that for the Chargers. The Raiders fell to the Chargers earlier this season at SoFi Stadium in a Monday night thriller, although a lot has changed since then.

While Herbert continues to set records, nothing means more than making the playoffs.

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