Lamar Jackson has been winning football games for a long time. In fact, prior to Sunday’s showdown against the Las Angeles Chargers, Lamar was surprised by his alma mater, Louisville Cardinals, by retiring his number 8 at the university.
He thought he was meeting with the media, but we had other plans…
— Louisville Athletics (@GoCards) October 16, 2021
The Baltimore Ravens brought him in for what he thought was a media Zoom call that day. To his surprise, it was a video/Zoom surprise of former teammates, coaches, and Louisville brass, to tell him that Louisville was officially retiring his number 8 from the program. The lack of ability to form sentences throughout the video just goes to show you how surprised and honoured Lamar was to know his number would be retired on November 13, 2021. The only other player to have their number retired by the university, was the NFL Hall of Famer, Johnny Unitas’ 16. That’s pretty good company! Lamar won a lot of games at Louisville, a Heisman trophy, and is truly deserving of having his #8 retired.
What’s more impressive than his athletic accolades, if you watch the surprise video in its entirety, you will notice a common theme; almost no one talks about his football accomplishment, but every single one of them eludes to who he is as a person, and how they have impacted their lives personally. I love Lamar as a player, but I L-O-V-E this guy as a person!
OH, you thought I was done? Nope! Turns out Lamar likes to win NFL games too. On Sunday, the then 4-1 Baltimore Ravens, hosted the then 4-1 L.A. Chargers at M&T Bank Stadium for an AFC heavyweight showdown! If you were hoping for a nail-biter, Lamar and the Ravens had other thoughts. They absolutely dominated the Chargers in every facet of the game, en route to a 34-6 blowout! Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic wrote an article highlighting the complete team victory on Sunday.
The Ravens set the tone with their run game and dominated on defense and special teams. Their 34-6 victory over the Chargers was their most complete performance to date:
"This is definitely the first game where we played complementary football."https://t.co/9DAV9q6UtM
— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiec) October 18, 2021
This win not only put the Ravens into the upper echelon of the AFC Conference, and NFL alike, but it also put Lamar Jackson into more elite company. This time breaking Hall of Fame QB Dan Marino’s record of the most wins by a QB (that’s right, QB!) under the age of 25.
35 CAREER WINS 🙌
Lamar Jackson now has the most wins for a QB under the age of 25 since the 1970 merger💰 pic.twitter.com/4txBQJYXx9
— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) October 17, 2021
Now, I don’t buy into the Wins as a QB stat, because it’s a team stat. But you cannot deny the fact that Lamar Jackson is electric, he wins football games, he is on his way to a second NFL MVP, but most of all, he is a great PERSON!
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