There are some strong bloodlines running through the Cal football roster. Quartererback Jared Goff’s father played major league baseball. Linebacker Hardy Nickerson Jr.’s father starred in the NFL.
Placekicker James Langford has bragging right over all of them.
When he lines up for his first field-goal try next Saturday at Northwestern, Langford will have the genealogical backing of Ty Cobb and Harry S. Truman.
Langford, a senior from Pleasanton, figures those genetic connections can’t hurt. “Obviously, they performed under pressure situations as well,” he said.
A third-year transfer from Cal Poly, Langford admitted after Saturday’s final practice of fall camp that he wasn’t sure about his exact relation to the owner of baseball’s highest career batting average or the nation’s 33rd president.
His father Jim confirmed that both Cobb and Truman are direct relations on his side of the family. Cobb is a cousin to James Langford’s great-grandfather on his grandmother’s side, and Truman is cousin to James’ great-grandmother on his grandfather’s side.
Don’t worry, James was confused, too.
“It’s a cool thing being related to all these great people,” he said. “Now that we’re talking about this, I feel like I should know more about it.”