Justin Herbert Walked Away From Baseball and Could Possibly Make Over $26 Million in His First NFL Season

Justin Herbert has a new home in Los Angeles, California, as he will play for the L.A. Chargers this upcoming NFL season. The former Oregon quarterback was the sixth overall pick in the 2020 NFL draft.

Herbert was a talented athlete in high school. He was considered a top baseball athlete and could have played in college. But he made the right decision and will soon become a millionaire.

Justin Herbert’s career at Oregon

In 2016, Herbert entered the college season as a true freshman. He became the first true freshman to start at quarterback in a football game since 1983. Herbert had an impressive freshman campaign even though Oregon struggled as a team going 4-8 on the season. That was their worst season in 25 years.

Herbert finished his first year throwing for 1,963 yards and 19 touchdowns and rushing for 161 yards and two touchdowns. The next season Herbert got out to a good start to the season, but he had to face some adversity. Herbert led Oregon to a 4-1 record but then fractured his collarbone in September of 2017. He was forced to miss a good portion of the season. Herbert came back for the last two games of the season, and he helped the team win both games.

In his final two seasons, Herbert saw an increase in his passing yards. During his junior season, he threw for 3,151 yards and 29 touchdowns. Oregon finished with a 9-4 record that year, and Herbert decided to come back for his final season. As a senior, Herbert led Oregon to a 12-2 record as he finished with 3,471 passing yards and 32 touchdowns. He led Oregon to a victory in the Rose Bowl game and won the Offense MVP award. Herbert finished his career at Oregon with a 29-14 record throwing for 10,541 yards and 95 touchdowns.

Justin Herbert’s baseball career

In high school, Herbert was the best player on his baseball team. He was the team’s ace on the mound. His baseball team won the state championship in 2015. That season he had a 1.98 ERA in 42.1 innings with 39 strikeouts.

During his senior year, he was on the radar for a few MLB scouts. He went 8-0 with a 0.66 ERA with 71 strikeouts in 53.1 innings. If Herbert wanted to, he could have been a two-sport athlete at Oregon, but he wanted to focus on football. That decision to only play football worked out well for him.

Herbert’s decision to stick to football worked out, and he will get paid

Who knows what could have happened with Herbert if he decided to play baseball? Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray was a two-sport athlete at Oklahoma, and he was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the first round but decided to stick with football. Not to mention he was the No.1 overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft.

Now Herbert will have a chance to prove himself in the NFL. Oh, and he is projected to be a millionaire just after his first season. Forbes projected that Herbert will receive $26.6 million for his rookie salary, which includes a $16.9 million signing bonus. Not only will Herbert get to live out his dream, but he will get paid to do it as well.