Lamar Jackson broke one of the NFL's longstanding records after he led the Baltimore Ravens to a 34-6 rout of the Los Angeles Chargers. With the win — his 35th — Jackson surpassed Dan Marino and became the quarterback with the most NFL wins before turning 25.
Having a young quarterback who can lead your franchise is always one of the best assets an NFL team can have. You know that not only are you having success in the present, but you're also well set for the future.
Lamar Jackson is number one on the list of quarterbacks with the highest number of wins before their 25th bithday, but who else was already an NFL superstar before reaching that age? Check it out:
#5 - Josh Allen
Wins before 25: 28
Like Jackson, Allen was also a 2018 draft pick. Allen turned 25 in May this year, which means he can't improve his ranking on the list any further. The Buffalo Bills quarterback is already one of the best players in the league. He has received a huge second contract and has everything that's needed to win the Bills' first Super Bowl.
Allen endured a difficult start to his career. He was heavily criticized over his first two years, even though the Bills reached the playoffs in 2019. He made a huge leap forward last year and has since been one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL.
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#4 - Ben Roethlisberger
Wins before 25: 29
Roethlisberger joined the NFL when he was 22 years old. In his second season, he had already won his first NFL ring. Helped by a great Pittsburgh Steelers defense that was dominant for most of the '00s, Roethlisberger had a smooth transition from college to the pros, and was able amass several wins early in his career.
Even though it's been more than a decade since his last title, there's no doubt that the Steelers quarterback, now 39, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame as soon as he's eligible to be.
#3 - Drew Bledsoe
Wins before 25: 32
Recently, Bledsoe is now better known as the former New England Patriots quarterback who got hurt and lost his job to Tom Brady in 2001. But years before this particular injury that changed the entire history of the NFL, Bledsoe was an excellent quarterback who played his first Super Bowl at 24 years of age.
Unfortunately for Bledsoe, the decision to let Brady take over the Patriots in 2001 was made easier by his decline in the years prior, especially with New England missing the postseason two seasons ago. But there is no denying that Bledsoe's NFL career started in a meteoric way.
#2 - Dan Marino
Wins before 25: 34
Every NFL fan will agree that Dan Marino is the best quarterback ever not to win a Super Bowl, which speaks volumes about the Miami Dolphins of the '80s and the '90s. Marino was fantastic from his rookie year to his final NFL season. By the time he was 25, he had already won an MVP award, played in the Super Bowl and was the NFL Offensive Player of the Year.
Marino did everything he could to gift the Dolphins a Super Bowl ring while he played there. It's a shame that one of the best quarterbacks ever couldn't walk away from the game with a title to celebrate.
#1 - Lamar Jackson
Wins before 25: 35
Lamar Jackson, the new record holder, is one of the most electric players in the NFL because of his skill set: he's an above-average passer, but his legs and his ability to run the football are qualities that set him apart from the other players.
Lamar won't turn 25 until January, so he's got plenty of opportunities to improve this statistic and solidify himself as one of the best players in the NFL. He's already an MVP, an All-Pro and a Pro Bowler, which means there is little doubt about how dangerous he is.