The NFL is commonly regarded as a year-round sport, but the truth is that every year there is a five-week break during which players receive some relaxation, and that break began on Monday. Every NFL team will be on vacation for the next five weeks, and although that may sound like a nice thing, not every player is happy about it.
Justin Herbert, it appears, is one of the only players in the NFL who dislikes vacation time. The Chargers quarterback addressed why he isn’t a huge believer of taking time off during a press conference last week. For one thing, Herbert considers too much vacation time to be a “drag.”
Herbert said Pro Football Talk, “I believe the great thing about football for me is that I need football.” “I enjoy getting out of bed and going to work, as well as lifting, running, throwing, and watching movies. I find that having too much free time can be a strain, so I always look forward to having something to do, whether it’s watching movies, throwing, or being out here for OTAs. That’s probably what I’m looking forward to.”
If you’re a Chargers fan, this is the message you want to hear: YOUR QUARTERBACK PREFERS FOOTBALL TO VACATIONS.
Herbert isn’t a huge lover of vacations because he considers his job to be a vacation.
“Right now, I feel like I’m on vacation,” Herbert explained. “If you’re on vacation, I believe you’re trying to get away from something. I always look forward to coming to work and enjoying all of these enjoyable activities. I’ll do the same thing when I go home, trying to have as much fun as possible with my family and other things, but it’s work and getting ready for the season.”
If Herbert ends up taking any sort of vacation this year, it doesn’t sound like he’ll be taking any time away from the sport he loves. If there’s no football, then Herbert gets bored, which means he’ll probably be doing some sort of football-related activity on any vacation he might take.
“I feel like I get bored without football occasionally,” Herbert added. “Saturdays and Sundays are nice, but at the same time, I’d rather be playing and having something to do because I hate hanging around my house and not doing anything or accomplishing anything.”
Speaking of accomplishing things, Herbert has accomplished plenty during his first two years in the NFL. The Chargers quarterback has put up such huge numbers since his rookie that he holds the NFL record for most TD passes through a player’s first two seasons (69), the most passing yards through a player’s first two seasons (9,530) and the most completions through a player’s first two seasons (839). However, there is one accomplishment that has eluded Herbert so far in career and that’s a playoff berth. If he can make that happen in 2022, maybe he’ll feel better about taking a vacation.