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Jared Goff plays with the number 16 as a tribute to Joe Montana
Can you imagine being one step away from playing in a Super Bowl, but having as a rival the team you love and the one that marked your childhood? Well, that is the case of Jared Goff, quarterback of the Detroit Lions, and who will play the final of the National conference against the San Francisco 49ersthe team he even dreamed of playing with at some point.
Jared Goff is already a historic player for the Detroit franchise, Well, in the playoffs of the 2023-24 season he was the guide for the Lions to win their first postseason game after 32 years, after leaving the Rams, who coincidentally is his former team, out in the wild card round. In the divisional round they beat the Buccaneers.
Playing against the 49ers is not new for Jared Goff, as he has collided with the San Francisco team eight times, both as a player for the Rams and for Detroit, but No game has been as momentous as the conference final.
Jared Goff wears the memory of his childhood as a 49ers fan in number 16
From his college days with the University of California Golden Bears, Jared Goff He has worn the number 16, which he has also carried as an NFL player with the Rams and the Lions, and this has to do with his childhood, and Jared Goff not only grew up as 49ers fan, but as an admirer of Joe Montana.
Goff was born on October 14, 1994 and grew up in Novato, California, 45 kilometers from San Francisco. He was about two months old when Joe Montana played his last game, so the Detroit quarterback has no memories of those 49ers.
However, his father, Jerry Goff (former MLB player) He gave him a jersey with the number 16, Joe Montana’s number, when he turned four years old. Inevitably that moment marked Jared’s identity as a fan of the team.
Who is Joe Montana?
Joe Montana is considered the greatest figure in the history of the San Francisco 49ers after having marked an era with said franchise, with which he played from 1979 to 1992. During that period He won four Super Bowls, all with the number 16.
His statistics are only surpassed by Tom Brady, winner of seven Super Bowls, so in other words, he is classified as the second best player in NFL history. His last season, 1993-94, he played with the Kansas City Chiefs, with whom he wore number 19..
Jared Goff’s childhood as a 49ers fan
Jared Goff says that it was actually his father who encouraged him to wear number 16 when he began his development as a football player. “It was my childhood number and I wore it because my dad told me ‘hey, it’s Joe Montana’s number, you should pick it.’ “I chose it and continue to use it until now,” he remembered.
“I grew up in Los Angeles, but I also lived in Northern California and spent a lot of time in the Bay Area and I can say that even now using The number 16 is something that no player from that city takes lightly.. He carries a weight similar to that of a basketball player who would like to use number 23 on the Chicago Bulls”, he indicated to Aol.
When I was 10 years old, the 49ers introduced themselves as strong candidates to choose Aaron Rodgers In the 2005 draft, however, the San Francisco franchise chose Alex Smith with the number one overall pick.
“I was upset, but that being said, I’m also a fan of Alex… but yeah, 10 year old Jared Goff was very upset when he found out that Aaron had not been taken,” recognize.
Jared Goff wanted to debut in the NFL with the 49ers
Jared Goff presented himself to the 2016 draft and prior to his selection he reaffirmed his love for the 49ers, as well as his desire to be chosen by San Francisco. “I think it would be great. It would be something very cool growing up as a fan of theirs, it would be incredible.”
However, Jared Goff was chosen by the Los Angeles Rams with the number one overall pick and with this team he played until 2020 with a $27.9 million contract and in 2019 he played in the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots, who took the game 3-13.
For the month of March 2021, Goff was traded to the Detroit Lions, where he already won over the fans, although winning a Super Bowl is still pending.
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