While free agents are avoiding the San Francisco 49ers and Colin Kaepernick wants out, one player still wants to play for the cardinal and gold: Cal quarterback Jared Goff.
Jared Goff grew up a fan of the San Francisco 49ers, went to school at Cal Berkeley, and is now about to enter the NFL with a very good chance of remaining in Northern California with the 49ers. It is rare that such a childhood dream comes true.
Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady, arguably the two best quarterbacks in the NFL, grew up 49ers fans. Colin Kaepernick was a Packers fan as a child. While it is clearly an honor to play for any team in the NFL, it would be incredibly special to play for the team you grew up for as a child.
Jared Goff was asked by ESPN about this after his Pro Day performance. Here is what he had to say, per ESPN.com.
Q. As a Northern California kid what would it mean for you to get drafted by the Niners?
Goff: It would be cool, it would be awesome, but it’s the same with every team. Growing up a fan of them, it would be awesome, it would be a cool thing, but at the same time, I’d be happy to go anywhere.
Translation: Goff is not Eli Manning and will be excited to have whatever team pay him millions of dollars every year, but if he truly had his way he would be taking over for the franchise once commanded by Joe Montana — who is, by the way, the reason Jared Goff wore the number 16 at Cal.
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The 49ers have struggled to get anyone to play for them recently. In all honesty, who would want to play for a franchise that has, in essence, doomed itself to mediocrity over the past two years?
Jared Goff still does. That kind of positive outlook on the 49ers could be priceless right now. If the 49ers move on from Kaepernick, they should give Jared Goff a shot to play in the shadow of his idol.