5 USC football legends we’d like to be quarantined with

JuJu Smith-Schuster takes in victory after the Rose Bowl. (Leon Bennett/Getty Images)
JuJu Smith-Schuster takes in victory after the Rose Bowl. (Leon Bennett/Getty Images) /

If you had to go into an indefinite quarantine, which USC football players or coaches, past or present, would be the best companions?

Are you stuck at home with nothing to do? Or work to procrastinate? There are better things for USC football fans to do than to twiddle their thumbs aimlessly.

Why not take a break by considering a very hypothetical and important question: If you were placed in an indefinite quarantine, which Trojans would you want to be stuck with?

You might have some ideas, but here are our picks for the best quarantine companions:

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Porter Gustin

Sure, Porter Gustin is intense, but that intensity would make him an ideal quarantine partner. He has displayed the self-control to deny himself candy and other sweets since childhood. He has played through broken bones. That’s the kind of discipline you’ll need to keep up a workout routine while shut in.

Granted, there may have to be a discussion over diet. Blended food is not the answer to a quarantine.

Amon-Ra St. Brown

What better time to learn a new language than when stuck in a quarantine? And we know just the tutor.


In addition to being an outstanding wide receiver with an exceptional work ethic, Amon-Ra St. Brown speaks fluent German, French, and English.

Whether it’s for German or French, he’d be a great immersive learning partner. Ja? Oui.

JuJu Smith-Schuster

JuJu Smith-Schuster knows how to have fun, so he’d keep things nice and breezy in quarantine. As a video game enthusiast, he’d supply the consoles and be a willing cohort on Fortnite or Madden (or NCAA Football if EA would do the right thing).

More than that, Smith-Schuster has a great head on his shoulders. He’s a competitor, but he also appears to care deeply about helping his community and spreading good cheer. That’s the kind of influence you’d want around during hard times.

Jake Olson

If you follow Jake Olson on Twitter, you already know what a riot he is.

He’s fun-loving, he has an outstanding sense of humor. More seriously, having already lived through cancer and the loss of his sight, you know he’d bring perspective to the room.

Plus, Olson’s guide dog Quebec would be with him.

It’s a well-known fact that having a dog around makes everything better.

Pete Carroll

Pete Carroll’s mantra isn’t just “win.” It’s “Win Forever.” So you know he’d find a way to win even when it comes to handling life in quarantine.

Plus, it couldn’t hurt to spend time with a guy who displays relentless energy along with the wisdom of his 68 years.

And if several long hours happened to be spent in quarantine trying to convince him to come back and coach USC again before he retires…so be it.

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