By Earl Heath, Los Angeles News Observer

Contributing Sports Writer

Jordan Love was sitting in his Bakersfield home surrounded by family and friends when his phone rang. On the other end was a voice from the Green Bay Packers. He had become the 26th pick in the 2020 NFL draft. It’s something he had earned and part of a dream come true.

The Packers traded the No. 30 selection for the Miami Dolphins’ spot at 26, a move that cost them a fourth-round pick.

Love spoke with ESPN’s Suzy Kolber shortly after wards saying, “I’m already knowing I can learn a lot from Aaron Rodgers. I mean, that’s one of the GOATs right there in the game. I’m excited to be able to come back behind him and learn as much as I can.” But on a conference call after the draft, he admitted he did not know how Rodgers will take to him.

“Yeah, I mean I’m not sure how that’s going to work,” Love said. “I’m going to get back here and learn as much as I can from Aaron. He’s an amazing player and I know I’m going to learn a lot from him. I’m not sure how that situation is going to work but like I said I’m just excited to be behind him and do whatever the team needs when I’m [called] upon.”

Love was for a moment in the midst of a controversy because Rodgers has four more years on his current contract. Rodgers has been known to be “a bit edgy” to some in the sports world, but that didn’t appear to be the case with Love. Shortly after the interview Rodgers reached out to the newest member to the Packers.

“I was able to talk to him earlier “Love said of Rodgers, on “You know he’s a really good guy. He was just congratulating me, and I was just letting him know that I was excited to be able to work with him.”

Love is just the third Mountain West Conference quarterback taken in the first round in the common draft era (since 1967), joining Alex Smith (Utah) in 2005 and Josh Allen (Wyoming) in 2018.

Love’s career began at a young age in Bakersfield playing youth football and basketball. His father Orbin and mother Anna both worked in Law enforcement.

When Jordan was 14 Orbin who had a medical issue was put on a new medication. The man who never cussed, drank, or smoked and to many around him never lost his temper became a different person. He became quiet at times, he had broken thoughts during conversations with family members.

Only a few days after Orbin began taking his new medication he took his life. “If you knew him he was the happiest dude you would ever see,” Jordan told a reporter. “Our family knew it was the medication messing with his head.”

Part of his obituary read: ”Taken suddenly by medical demons.”

 Both parents instilled a real sound work ethic in Jordan who attended Liberty High. As a freshman he was only 5-feet 6. By the time he was a senior he was six feet, four inches weighing around 180 pounds.

During his senior season he cut loose with a tremendous campaign completing 114-of-224 (.509) passes for 2,148 yards and 24 touchdowns, while also rushing for 806 yards on 128 carries (6.3 ypc) and eight touchdowns as he led the Lions to their first-ever Central Section Division I Championship. in a 56-21 win against Clovis HS in the championship game.

He was named the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Division I Valley League Offensive Player of the Year he also earned all-area co-MVP honors.

His only D-1 scholarship offer came from Utah State.

Love, redshirted at Utah State in the 2016 season. After that started 32 of the 38 games he played in and became the Aggies second-winningest quarterback in school history with a 21-11 (.656)

He holds eight single-season school records, including 293 completions and 473 attempts as a junior in 2019, and 32 touchdown passes, 3,567 passing yards, seven 300-yard passing games, 234 points responsible for and being named the Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week five times as a sophomore in 2018. He also had 20 touchdown passes as a junior and 64.0 completion percentage both rank fourth all-time at USU, while his 61.9 completion percentage as a junior ranks sixth.

He even drew praise from Hall of fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw speaking with Colon Coward of Fox Sports “I like the kid (Love), he’s mobile and has a really good arm”

Love has also graduated in 2019  from Utah State University  with a degree in human movement science.

 After the draft his mom read a letter that is posted on the twitter page at Utah state University here are parts of it: “Dear Jordan, words can’t possibly express the joy and pride I am feeling towards the young man that you’ve become,” she began.

“Never in my wildest dreams as you were growing up did I imagine such an opportunity as you being drafted in the NFL,” Anna Love read. Even though Dad is not here, know that your sisters and I are, and we are in awe as to what you accomplished.”