Lamar Jackson is a popular American football quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens in the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the 2018 NFL Draft. Jackson is the youngest NFL quarterback who played a playoff game at age 21.
Lamar Jackson was born on January 7, 1997, in Pompano Beach, Florida, to parents Felicia Jones and Lamar Jackson Sr. He grew up in a family of athletes, where both of his parents played college sports. His father played football at the University of Nebraska and his mother was a track and field athlete at the University of Miami.
Jackson attended Boynton Beach High School where he played football and ran track. He was a three-year starter at quarterback for the school’s football team and led them to a 31-6 record over his career. In his senior year, he threw for 3,545 yards and 36 touchdowns and rushed for 1,571 yards and 21 touchdowns. He was named the Palm Beach County Player of the Year and the Florida Class 7A Player of the Year.
In 2015, Lamar Jackson attended the University of Louisville where he played quarterback for the Louisville Cardinals. In his freshman year, he played in 12 games and started eight, throwing for 1,840 yards and 12 touchdowns, and rushing for 960 yards and 11 touchdowns. He was named the ACC Rookie of the Year.
In his sophomore year, Jackson had a breakout season, throwing for 3,543 yards and 30 touchdowns, and rushing for 1,571 yards and 21 touchdowns. He became the first player in college football history to pass for over 3,000 yards and rush for over 1,000 yards in a single season. He was named the ACC Player of the Year, the Walter Camp Award winner, and finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting.
In his junior year, Jackson continued his dominant play, throwing for 3,660 yards and 27 touchdowns, and rushing for 1,601 yards and 18 touchdowns. He won the Heisman Trophy, becoming the youngest player ever to win the award.
Lamar Jackson was selected by the Baltimore Ravens for the 2018 NFL Draft in the first round, with the 32nd overall pick. In his rookie season, he played in 16 games, starting 7, and threw for 1,201 yards and 6 touchdowns, and rushed for 695 yards and 5 touchdowns. He was named the 2018 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.
In 2019, Jackson had a breakout season, leading the Ravens to a 14-2 record and setting numerous records, including the most rushing yards by a quarterback in a single season (1,206). He was named the NFL Most Valuable Player and was also selected for the Pro Bowl.
In the 2020 season, Jackson led the Ravens to another playoff appearance, but they were eliminated in the Divisional Round. He finished the season with 2,757 passing yards, 26 touchdown passes, 1,005 rushing yards, and 7 rushing touchdowns.
Overall, Lamar Jackson is considered one of the most exciting and dynamic quarterbacks in the NFL, with his rare combination of speed, agility, and arm strength making him a threat to opposing defenses on every play.
Lamar Jackson has been in a relationship with Jaime Taylor, a fitness trainer.
|Lamar Demeatrice Jackson Jr.
|Date of Birth (DOB), Birthday
|January 7, 1997
|Pompano Beach, Florida, United States
|Physical Stats & More
|Lamar Jackson Sr.
|Affairs & More
|Sexual Orientation (Gay or Lesbian)
|Educational & Qualification
|University of Louisville
|Boynton Beach High School
Miami Central High School
|Source of Income & Net Worth
|Social Media & Contact Details
|Owings Mills, Maryland, United States
Some lesser-known facts about Lamar Jackson:
- Lamar Jackson was initially recruited by the University of Florida to play quarterback, but he ultimately chose to attend the University of Louisville.
- Jackson’s childhood nickname was “Fruit Punch” because he was always drinking fruit punch as a kid.
- In high school, Jackson was a standout track athlete and had offers to run track at several colleges, but he ultimately chose to focus on football.
- Jackson has two younger siblings, a sister named Jaimie and a brother named Lincoln.
- Lamar Jackson is left-handed, which is a rare trait for quarterbacks in the NFL.
- Jackson has a close relationship with Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre and has said that he models his game after him.
- Jackson has a pet panther named Winston that he keeps at his home in Florida.
- Jackson is a devout Christian and has spoken publicly about his faith and how it has helped him throughout his life and career.