Jared Goff has a building bandwagon of fans in Detroit, and his comparison to fans in LA will only make that group grow.
The number of Detroit Lions who believe in quarterback Jared Goff has surely multiple exponentially over the last few months, as may happen when you play very well and your team wins a lot of games.
Some fans may even say he should the team’s long-term quarterback. He is only 28, you know.
Goff has made the rounds this week at Super Bowl LVII this week, to promote a table tennis tournament that aired on Twitch Wednesday night. On the “Slow News Day” podcast with Kevin Clark of The Ringer Tuesday, Goff said he thinks he has debunked the narrative(s) surrounding the trade that brought him to the Lions.
Jared Goff adheres himself to Lions fans with comparison to fans in Los Angeles
Clark asked Goff about what he has learned about Detroit as a sports town, and the difference between talking to a fan in Detroit and a fan in LA.
On Detroit as a sports town:
"The passion is unmatched. It’s unlike anything I’ve experienced… (And then) I went to L.A. when the Rams were brand new back there, and the home games weren’t always majority Rams fans. That’s just a product of building a fanbase there, which is ultimately how it goes. But being in Detroit and being able to experience that is so fun. Not just football, but hockey and basketball and baseball with the Tigers. It’s a whole lot of fun. I’ve enjoyed it.”"
And the difference between Detroit fans and LA fans?
"That’s a good question. I think in L.A., very specifically L.A., people want photos. They want to take selfies. And in Detroit, they just want to say hi, or they want to say good luck or ‘Go Lions.’ That’s mostly the experience. That’s not to say people here in L.A. doesn’t say that too, but I guess it’s more of an Instagram world in L.A. and in Detroit it’s not quite that much.”"
LA and Detroit could not be any more different as cities, from climate down to how committed a lot of fans are to a local team. Goff didn’t break any news by pointing out the difference between the two in terms of how fans and people act, but he’s for sure got a few more fans in Detroit now.