Lamar Jackson, born on January 7, 1997, plays football professionally as a quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens. He began his career in college by playing for the University of Louisville, where he was the first person in the school’s history to win the Heisman award. Jackson has gone on to win multiple prizes, while also ranking as a top player in the N.F.L. He won N.F.L.’s ‘Most Valuable Player’ during the 2019 season and was also number one on the N.F.L.’s Top 100 in 2020 and number 24 in 2021. Join us as we celebrate this great quarterback right here!
Lamar Demeatrice Jackson Jr. is one of the best players in the NFL. His speed and agility as a quarterback have earned him numerous awards and accolades in the NFL.
Jackson was born on January 7, 1997, and raised in Florida. His parents are Lamar Jackson Sr. and Felicia Jones. He lost his father and grandmother in 2005 when he was just eight years old. Jackson is a Black American who started throwing footballs at the age of eight. Jackson grew up attending varying public schools and living in rough areas. His football career began in high school as he was an impressive quarterback who could run and throw a football well. He was dedicated to learning the game and spared hours each week to watch films that could help him improve his accuracy and decision-making. He lost his last high school game against the Miami Central High School team in 2014.
Jackson is the fastest and best quarterback in the N.F.L. His rating from ESPN, 247 Sports, and Rivals.com was good, with the former two giving him three stars and the latter rating him four stars. He got college offers from Louisville, Auburn, Clemson, and Florida. Jackson later chose the University of Louisville because the head coach promised his mother that Jackson would only play quarterback. As a freshman, Jackson was quite an impressive player as he completed 135 passes out of 247 for 1,840 yards and had 12 touchdowns. He was given the ‘Most Verified Player’ (M.V.P.) of the American college football bowl game, Music City Bowl, in 2015. In 2016, he became the first Heisman Trophy Champion in Louisville school’s history. He was named ‘Adidas High-Performance Male Athlete of the Year’ for his remarkable performance in the sophomore campaign.
Jackson has been an outstanding player throughout the seasons he played for the Baltimore Ravens in the NFL. He stuck to playing quarterback professionally despite what the analysts had to say about his athleticism. In 2018, Jackson entered for the 2018 NFL Draft and was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens. That same year, it was reported he signed a $9.47 million rookie contract with a $4.97 million signing bonus pay. In 2018, Jackson got his first N.F.L. play against the Cincinnati Bengals. In week 16, during the N.F.L., he helped the Ravens beat the Los Angeles Chargers by completing 12 passes out of 22 for 204 yards and having a 22-10 touchdown victory. In 2021, the Ravens gave him the fifth-year option and promised him $23 million for the 2022 season.
Jackson’s pure sportsmanship at such a young age is quite commendable. He referenced his mother as being the best coach that shaped his career. Jackson is a devoted Christian and is currently dating his girlfriend, Jamie Taylor. Jackson supports charitable organizations like ‘Blessings in a Backpack,’ which provides child meals during the weekends. He lives with his mother and siblings in Owings Mill, Maryland.
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Why We Love Lamar Jackson
He is charitable
Jackson held an autograph signing in 2018 at Louisville, which received $29,000 in charitable donations — $25,000 was donated to Blessings in a Backpack and $4,000 was given to Mission for Hope. We love how he cares about his community.
He is a remarkable quarterback
There was a turnaround of events when Jackson led the Baltimore Ravens to playoffs in the N.F.L. He sure knows how to throw! His excellent skills are why he is an integral part of the Ravens.
He is swift on his feet
Jackson is the "Usain Bolt" of quarterbacks in America. He is a speedy quarterback who was once the fastest in the history of the N.F.L. to run 3,000 rushing yards. Jackson's speed is quite enviable.
5 Surprising Facts
He is media-shy
He does not like being in front of cameras as much.
His mother manages him
Jackson shares a special bond with his mother, who is also his manager.
He loves "Superman"
Jackson is a massive fan of the most powerful superhero with a red cape and blue outfit!
He is good friends with Kodak Black
They went to the same elementary school and have been friends ever since.
He loves pasta
Jackson enjoys eating shrimp alfredo pasta before his games.
Lamar Jackson FAQs
Are there two Lamar Jacksons in the N.F.L.?
No, there is just one Lamar Jackson.
What was Lamar Jackson's G.P.A.?
He got a 3.5 G.P.A.
Are Lamar Jackson and Samuel L. Jackson related?
They are not related but are very good at what they do.
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