About Patrick Laird


Patrick Laird played for Cal from 2014-2018 and was elected captain by his teammates in his final two seasons. He was an honorable mention All-Pac-12 selection in 2017 and a finalist for the Burlsworth Trophy in 2018, awarded annually to the nation’s most outstanding football player who began his career as a walk-on. He played in 41 games with 21 starts and rushed for 2153 yards with 14 touchdowns on the ground on 425 carries, while adding 99 receptions for 608 yards receiving and five touchdowns for totals of 2761 all-purpose yards and 19 touchdowns. In addition, Laird was a three time Pac-12 All-Academic selection (First-team in ‘17 & ’18, Second-team in ‘16) and was a Senior CLASS Award second-team Senior All-American and one of 10 national finalists for the honor. He was a member of the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® and a semifinalist for the Campbell Trophy.

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Patrick is from Arroyo Grande, California. He attended Mission Prep high school in San Luis Obispo where he finished his three varsity campaigns with 4,551 rushing yards, 47 receptions for 734 yards receiving, 5 interceptions and 64 total touchdowns. His team reached the finals of the Southern Section Northeast Division during each of his last two seasons in 2012-13.

Patrick graduated from Berkeley in 2018, double-majoring in Business and Political Science. He hosted a Summer Reading Challenge for 1st-6th graders where they earned tickets to Cal’s opening game in 2018.