In a week where the Baltimore Ravens got beat, despite being heavy favorites, quarterback Lamar Jackson continues to cement his legacy in the football world. Despite being just 24 years old, Lamar continues to put his mark on the football world.
This week he had his number 8 retired at the University of Lousiville Cardinals stadium, being just the second player ever to have their jersey retired at Cardinal Stadium. Lamar was clearly honored to have his jersey retired and was concerned he might cry at the ceremony.
Lamar Jackson will have his No. 8 jersey retired at Louisville on Saturday, two days after the Ravens’ game at Miami.
"It’s going to be touching, honestly,’ he said. "Hopefully, I don’t cry or nothing like that." pic.twitter.com/JBEQjW6WfM
— Jamison Hensley (@jamisonhensley) November 9, 2021
Well, he was clearly emotional, but who wouldn’t be. You can really tell how much respect he has for people and how appreciative he is to have played at Louisville. It is obvious that fans, coaches, teammates and everyone who Lamar came across, has a mutual respect for him. This is his speech after seeing his number retired in the stands:
"You guys have been with me every step of the way. I just can't thank you guys enough. I wouldn't want to go to any other school."@Lj_era8's full speech from today's ceremony.#GoCards pic.twitter.com/zw4aTKW8rf
— Louisville Athletics (@GoCards) November 13, 2021
It is so easy to root for Lamar Jackson, it’s almost shocking when he gets so much fan hatred. Here is a guy who has defied the odds at every level of football he has played in, yet the biggest takeaway from watching the tributes to Lamar is that he is a better person than he is a football player. Which says a lot because he is a sensational football player!
Welcoming @Lj_era8 home is a feeling we'll never forget.
— Louisville Athletics (@GoCards) November 15, 2021
Lamar Jackson is deserving of this honor for his football abilities and his leadership skills as a young man. The only other player to have his number retired by Louisville? The great Johnny Unitas! Both are legends at Louisville, with their jerseys retired. Both are legends in Baltimore. Again, let me remind you that Lamar Jackson will not celebrate his 25th birthday until January 7th, 2022!
Fellow #RavensFlock member, Zach Osborne (@zjcreation) created this amazing graphic, which caught the eye of most Ravens fans. It’s clear- Lamar Jackson is cementing his legacy in Baltimore folklore!
— Lacie DeCosta (@DeCostaLacie) November 14, 2021
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