American football prodigy Jared Goff is currently among the fast-rising stars in the National Football League. He has been a prominent member of the Los Angeles Rams team having only just completed four seasons as a professional. The talented player turned pro in 2016 after being selected by the Rams with the first overall pick in the NFL draft of that year. Notably, in his four years as a Ram, Goff has already been named to the Pro Bowl twice.
Life to start as a pro was, however, quite dismal but Jared soon showed tremendous improvement against very steep odds that has enabled him to keep making strides for his team. His most notable achievement so far is being named the PFWA’s Most Improved Player of the Year in 2017 and playing in the Super Bowl the following year.
Jared Goff Before He Became an NFL Star
The great energy, intelligence, and skill that this rising NFL sensation exudes certainly did not materialize out of thin air. Instead, there were background influences that ignited the spark. First off, he was born as Jared Thomas Goff on the 14th day of October 1994 in Novato, California. His father is named Jerry while his mother is Nancy Goff.
Jared inherited his athletic genius from his father who was a professional baseball player. So, it’s little wonder that the young man developed an early interest in pursuing an athletic career. He, however, displayed a level of free will when he opted to play football instead of his father’s sport. Growing up, the young man was a huge San Francisco 49ers fan and was particularly inspired by the former 49ers quarterback, Joe Montana. Those who knew Jared in his younger days recall seeing him wearing a number 16 jersey as an obvious tribute to the legendary 49er.
Jared Goff attended and graduated from Marin Catholic High School in Kentfield, California where his footballing skills first began to manifest. While at Marin, he had a career record of 18 interceptions, 93 touchdowns, and 7,687 passing yards. He led his school to three Marin County Athletic League championships after which he was awarded an athletic scholarship to attend the University of California, Berkeley.
Goff Set Many Records At Cal
Jared Goff received national attention after he was made the starting quarterback of the Golden Bears in his freshman year. He went on to become the first true freshman quarterback in Cal history to start a season opener. By the end of the season, he had set multiple Cal single-season records in passing yards (3,508), yardage gained (3,508), total offense (3,446), passes completed (320), and passes attempted (530).
The following year, Jared scored 35 touchdowns and recorded 3,973 yards as his team enjoyed an improved season. In his junior year, he helped the Golden Bears triumph over the Air Force Academy to win the Armed Forces Bowl. He also set another single-season record for passing yards with 4,714 yards; thus, becoming the second player in the school history after Aaron Rogers to achieve this feat.
In all, Jared Goff reportedly set 26 records during his three seasons with Cal. He also received First-team All-Pac 12 honors, becoming the first Cal quarterback to earn it since Rodgers in 2004. At the end of his junior year, Jared decided to call his college career quits and enter the 2016 NFL Draft.
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Achievements in His Professional Career So Far
Prior to the NFL Draft of 2016, Jared Goff was projected to be among the top picks. After putting up an impressive performance in the combine, he was selected first overall by the Los Angeles Rams. Following this, he penned a $27.9 million four-year contract with the team. The contract included a signing bonus of $18.6 million.
Goff started his rookie year as a backup to Case Keenum in the 2016 season. However, after nine games, he became a starter. The young quarterback went on to end his rookie year with a record of 1,089 yards after completing 112-of-205 passes, 6 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions.
With the emergence of Sean McVay as Rams’ head coach in 2017, Jared kept his place as starting quarterback. He went on to make 15 appearances, completing 3,804 yards and recording 7 interceptions and 28 touchdowns. His spectacular performance in the year earned him a 2017 Pro Bowl call-up as he was also named the Most Improved Player by the Pro Football Writers Association.
Jared Goff stepped up his game in the 2018 season as he had a career-best pass completion percentage with 80.5% in a win against cross-town rivals, the Los Angeles Chargers. At the end of the season where he recorded a career-high 32 touchdowns, 12 interceptions, and 4,688 passing yards, his performances earned him his second straight Pro Bowl selection. He went on to help his team get all the way to the Super Bowl where they were beaten by the New England Patriots.
On the back of his brilliant performances, Goff was awarded a new contract by his team. In September 2019, he signed a four-year contract extension worth $134 million, of which he was guaranteed $110 million. This proved to be a great source of motivation for the athlete as he began the 2019 season with a few brilliant performances. Things, however, did not go as planned as the team failed to make it to the playoffs.
What We Know About Jared Goff’s Romance With Christen Harper
Right from his days at Cal, Jared Goff has had hundreds of women crushing on him. Yet, for years, he appeared to be living a single life with no sign of a partner in his otherwise attractive life. Jared even made it known during an interview with Jimmy Kimmel on draft night in 2016 that he didn’t have a girlfriend. In 2018, the athlete reaffirmed this in an interview with ESPN, saying that the reason he didn’t have a girlfriend was that he hadn’t met the right person yet.
However, from March 2019, rumors began to spread online that Goff was dating model Christen Harper. Many reported having seen the pair leave a store hand-in-hand in Woodland Hills, California. The rumors eventually got confirmed at the ESPY Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles in July 2019 when the athlete walked the red carpet with Harper by his side.
People who are close to Goff, such as his roomie Patrick Conroy, however, revealed that the love affair between the NFL star and the model may not be as recent as the media and the rumor mill could afford to tell. Here is what Conroy had to say in an interview he granted on-air personality, Ryan Seacrest:
Christen is a Los Angeles-based model who is signed to Wilhemina Models. She earlier worked with LA Models and has also appeared in a couple of movies.
Born on May 28, 1993, some 7 months before her would-be man was, Christen started modeling as a kid and kept on doing so until she used what she earned from modeling to pay her way through college at Cal State Northridge. She has had notable brands like GUESS and Third Love as her clients.