Justin Fields has a brand new trading card, and it is clean. His latest achievement, announced on Instagram, is the result of a collaboration with graphic designer Tyson Beck. Together they created a never-before-seen rookie card that is slated to be available to the public this October. Fields is living his best life right now. The fans love him, he has the fourth bestselling jersey in the NFL, and he is receiving numerous endorsement deals.
The former Ohio State star quarterback has arguably been the most talked about since the news broke that the Chicago Bears traded up to select the rookie with the No. 11 pick in the 2021 NFL draft. Fields has been highly spoken upon as a young phenom since his high school days at Harrison High School in Kennesaw, Georgia.
The Georgia boy lived under the bright lights, starting during his early days as a teen. In high school, Fields was considered the perfect student-athlete. His coaches cherished him, and his teachers loved him. Fields upheld a 3.99 GPA in high school and scored a 29 on the ACT while living at the top of the high school football rankings as a consensus five-star prospect.
As one of the highly touted players coming out of high school, Fields had the entire world of college sports facing him while deciding which college he would join. He struggled with committing to one school as he hopped around to different universities. Initially, he joined Penn State University but started as a bulldog at the acclaimed the University of Georgia to begin his college career.
At the start of his sophomore year, Fields chose to transfer colleges to continue his sports career; the move could not have been better. He became a transfer applicant and joined Ohio State University, where he ultimately finished his college education.
As a Buckeye: Fields led his team to a National Championship Game in 2020, had two berths in the College Football Playoffs, and a combined 20-2 record. His list of personal achievements gained during college is endless. Some of those achievements include being named a Davey O’Brien Award finalist, Heisman Trophy finalist, Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, and Quarterback of the Year in 2020.
The most glorious moment of his career came in the College Football Playoff Semifinal earlier in the year when he threw for 385 yards and a startling six touchdowns. This performance is memorable because he played while suffering from a severe rib injury.
As Fields entered the draft, he finished his college football career completing 68 percent of his passes, throwing 67 touchdowns, and tallying 5,701 yards; on top of this, he managed a miraculous passer efficiency rating of 178.8.
Although Fields presumed to go number one in the draft, he got snagged by the Bears and signed to a fully guaranteed four-year rookie contract worth $18.8 million.
Many predict Fields will have a promising professional career and will bring Bears fans much pleasure. If it turns out to be the case, he might have one of the most prominent NFL careers of all time.
By Jeremiah Griffith, Junior, Noble Academy