The relationship between a center and quarterback is one of the closest relationships in sports. With the center bent over and the quarterback having their hands all over the center’s butt, it’s not only physically close but the two have to have the chemistry to be able to effectively work together.
For Corey Linsley, the former Packers center got to work with Aaron Rodgers over seven seasons. Then in 2021, Linsley became the highest-paid center when he signed with the Chargers and started working with Justin Herbert.
“Aaron has the same thing, that fire, perfectionist-type attitude. When Aaron was on, and he can’t be stopped, and you weren’t on, he was gonna let you know. Because he has that perfectionist, competitive fire inside of him. And that’s what Justin has.”
“He just has that inside of him where he’s just like, ‘I want to be the best, I want to be the best that I can be. I want my team to be the best and I’m not going to let anything stop me.’ He watches more film than I’ve ever seen, he’s in the weight room doing weighted pullups, just getting after it, man. I mean it’s 24/7, and that type of mindset speaks to the type of player he’s going to be.”
Just sticking with the on-field characteristics, that is some high praise for the 24-year-old quarterback. Being compared to one of the best quarterbacks in the game is certainly a positive sign for Herbert’s future. Will the success match that? That remains to be seen.