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Chargers compare Justin Herbert to Anakin Skywalker in hilarious Star Wars Day post

Joshua Rogers May 5, 2022
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The Los Angeles Chargers shared a hilarious Star Wars Day post comparing QB Justin Herbert to Anakin Skywalker.

Chargers star Justin Herbert stablished himself as an elite QB in 2021, following on from his standout rookie season. Herbert was the No.6 overall pick in the 2020 Draft, and was named Rookie of the Year and Offensive Rookie of the Year by the Pro Football Writers of America.

Heading into Year 3 the Chargers are looking to add a number of offensive weapons around Herbert. The 24-year-old is very much the future of the franchise, but even he isn’t exempt from a little meme treatment on Star Wars Day.

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Chargers share Justin Herbert Anakin Skywalker meme on Star Wars Day

4 May is universally known – and celebrated – as Star Wars Day. For those that don’t know, the date originates from the pun “May the Fourth be with you”, a variant of the popular Star Wars phrase “May the Force be with you”.

A number of outlets, publishers, and social media teams celebrated the day, including the Chargers, who took the opportunity to post a rather brilliant Justin Herbert/Anakin Skywalker meme.

The Chargers posted four side-by-side photos of the former Jedi turned Sith Lord and quarterback through various stages of their lives. We see them start off as innocent youngsters sporting bowl cuts before transitioning to a shorter, more spiky look through early adolescence.

We then see the almost fully matured versions with enviable brown locks, before finally settling on the Dark Lord/hooded QB look with much more sinister vibes.

The Chargers captioned the post: ‘the chosen one’.

Fans react to the Herbert/Skywalker comparison

This isn’t the first time Justin Herbert has been compared to Anakin Skywalker. However, the Chargers’ post did include an updated early Darth Vader look.

What this means in terms for Herbert’s story/career arc remains to be seen though. Fans shared their thoughts on what this could predict for his future.

Herbert’s 2021 season

The Chargers improved on the previous season in 2021 under new coach Brandon Staley, but ultimately still missed the playoffs after a loss to the Las Vegas Raiders.

They finished 9-8 for the season and played a win-or-go-home game against the Raiders in Week 18. They narrowly lost the game in overtime, 35-32.

However, individually it was an excellent year for Herbert. He recorded franchise records with 5,014 passing yards, 38 passing touchdowns, and 15 interceptions. The quarterback also made his first career Pro Bowl.

Will the Chargers make the playoffs next season? Let us know in the comments!

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.