Jared Goff said he’s known since midseason that he was ready to enter the NFL draft, but that didn’t make it any easier when the Cal junior quarterback announced his intentions Thursday morning.
At a news conference at Memorial Stadium, with his parents and family members in the audience, Goff was uncharacteristically emotional as he talked about his plans and thanked all those who contributed to his prolific college career.
“All the people that have had an impact on me, it’s kind of hard to put into words. That’s why I’ve been a little emotional,” said Goff, fighting off tears. “Thinking about all my teammates and all the fun we’ve had. But I’m definitely excited.”
A 21-year-old from Marin, Goff is rated as one of the top two NFL quarterback prospects in this class and projected to be a high first-round draft pick.
Jerry Goff, a Cal alum and former major league baseball player, said Jared’s decision was “foregone conclusion” even before the bowl game. But watching his son take the next step toward his football dreams hit him hard, too.
“I got a little emotional. It’s stuff you always think about, but when you see it . . . it’s a little surreal,” he said. “I’m happy for him and excited and anxious and all the other words for his future.”