Lamar Jackson Jr. is a quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL).
He went to Louisville and won the Heisman Trophy as a sophomore before being selected by the Ravens as the final first-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Jackson took over as the Ravens’ starting quarterback in his rookie season after incumbent Joe Flacco was injured and led the team to a division title, becoming the NFL’s youngest quarterback to start a playoff game at the age of 21.
The following season, Jackson set the season record for quarterback rushing yards and led the league in touchdown passes while leading the Ravens to the AFC’s top seed (AFC).
As a result of his success, he became the second unanimous Most Valuable Player (MVP) and the fourth African-American quarterback to win the award.
Lamar Jackson Bio
He grew up in the heart of an economically depressed neighborhood in Pompano Beach, Florida. Jackson’s father died of a heart attack on the same day as Jackson’s grandmother died in 2005, when Jackson was eight years old. His mother raised him and his siblings.
He went to public schools and played Pop Warner football with future teammate Marquise Brown in the same Florida league. Jackson could throw a football 20 yards when he was eight years old. Jackson threw a football 100 yards in high school.
Jackson excelled at quarterback while attending Boynton Beach High School in Boynton Beach, Florida. Jackson was a successful read-option quarterback at Boynton Beach who could run and throw the ball equally well. By watching hours of film each week, he improved his passing accuracy and decision-making.
ESPN.com and 247Sports gave Jackson three stars, but Rivals.com gave him four stars. Despite recruiting firms’ disagreements about his caliber, he received offers from Power Five schools like Louisville, Florida, Auburn, and Clemson, as well as mid-major programs like Akron, Western Kentucky, and Marshall.
As a freshman in 2015, Jackson appeared in 12 games and made eight starts for the Cardinals, who finished 8-5.
Lamar Jackson completed 135-of-247 passes for 1,840 yards, 12 touchdowns, and eight interceptions, while also rushing for 960 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Lamar Jackson e was named Music City Bowl MVP in 2015 after passing for 227 yards and two touchdowns and rushing for a Music City Bowl-record 226 yards and two touchdowns.
Lamar Jackson set a university record for total touchdowns with eight against the Charlotte 49ers in his sophomore year, all of which came in the first half.
When Jackson began the 2017 season, his fan base and the media had high hopes for his performance. College GameDay has announced their return to the University of Louisville to host the first matchup on September 16 between the Clemson Tigers and the Cardinals, the defending National Champions. Despite the Tigers’ 47-21 victory, Jackson did not let the score affect his performance.
Jackson announced his intention to enter the 2018 NFL Draft on January 5, 2018. Some draft experts questioned Jackson’s quarterback abilities and suggested that he switch to wide receiver due to his athleticism, but he insisted on playing quarterback professionally.
Lamar Jackson Parents
He was born to Felicia Jones and Lamar Jackson Sr.