Jordan Love matured at a very young age — he had to.
His father Obin, who worked for the Bakersfield Police Department in California for over 25 years, took his own life when Love was 14 years old and was entering his sophomore year of high school.
As it would be for anyone, it was extremely tough on him.
“That was the hardest thing I’ve ever faced,” Love said to The Salt Lake Tribune. “It was a hard day, the hardest day of my life. I loved my dad.”
Standing just 5-foot-6 as a freshman, he was the backup on the freshman team and following his dad’s death highly considered quitting football all together. But, his mom convinced him to play one more season.
That year he became the starting quarterback on the JV team and after a huge growth spurt — becoming 6-foot-2 — became a varsity starter. From there, he received a scholarship offer from Utah State and he took off — doing it all for his dad.
“He’s the reason I play quarterback,” Love said. “He was a huge influence in my life.”
Love played in 12 games as a freshman, but really took off as a sophomore, which was his best collegiate season.
He threw for over 3,500 yards, along with 32 touchdowns and just six interceptions. Then last year, with a coaching change and a below average surrounding cast, threw for 3,402 yards, 20 touchdowns and 17 interceptions.
Even with the numbers taking a dip, he’s still a tremendous talent and NFL scouts, executives, etc. have recognized that as he’s one of the top four quarterbacks coming out in the NFL Draft.
Appearing on Mut at Night Tuesday, former Patriots scout Jim Nagy referred to him as a top-10 talent and a name to keep an eye on for Bill Belichick and Co. if he were to slip and get into their range. Of course, quarterback is a position of need given there’s only Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer on the Patriots' roster.
So, while every player coming out in the NFL Draft has his own story, very few have had to go through what Love has had to.