Lamar Jackson is the starting quarterback for the NFL team Baltimore Ravens. The young quarterback is one of the best in the league right now. His throwing is very potent and it is coupled with the unique threat of his speed as a rusher. He is recorded to have completed a 40-yard dash in 4.34 seconds. He holds the record for most games with a perfect passer rating in the same season (2), which he achieved in the 2019 season. This record is tied with Ben Roethlisberger.
Lamar Jackson’s Early Life and Background
Lamar Jackson was born on January 7, 1997, to Felicia Jones and Lamar Jackson Sr. He grew up in Pompano Beach, an economically distressed part of Florida. He attended public school with current Ravens teammate Marquise Brown. He was an outstanding quarterback in Boynton Beach High School and joined Louisville Highschool as a quarterback too. While in college he has also won the Heisman Trophy, Maxwell Award, Walter Camp Award, and during his sophomore year in 2016, he was unanimously selected as an All-American at the University of Louisville. In 2016, after the leap he made in the Syracuse game, he was awarded a Louie for Play of the Year. Jackson also won a Louie for being named the Adidas High-Performance Male Athlete of the Year in 2017, for his outstanding sophomore campaign. He finished his college career with a total of 9043 passing yards, 69 touchdown passes and 4132 rushing yards.
Who Drafted Lamar Jackson?
The dual-threat quarterback entered the 2018 NFL Draft. While many pundits recommended that he switch to wide receiver, Jackson was adamant about playing as a quarterback. The Baltimore Ravens drafted Lamar Jackson as pick number 32 of Round 1 of the 2018 Draft. He was the fifth quarterback to be selected in the draft. Running back Saquon Barkley, cornerback Denzel Ward, and quarterback Mike White are some of the prominent names who were drafted along with Jackson in 2018.
Lamar Jackson’s NFL Journey
Jackson signed a rookie contract with the Baltimore Ravens when he was drafted by them in 2018. His first appearance came as a relief for quarterback Joe Flacco, in a match against the Buffalo Bills. He made his debut as a starter against the Cincinnati Bengals where he made a franchise record for most rushing yards by a quarterback (117) in a single game. Jackson became the team's starting quarterback quickly after he began his rookie season as a backup. In his rookie season, Jackson became the youngest quarterback to start a playoff game. He also led the team to the AFC North division title. In his first full season as a starter, Jackson set a record for the most rushing yards by a quarterback in the 2019 season. He also led the league table with 36 touchdown passes. He was awarded the 2019 NFL’s Most Valuable Player for his tremendous skills and extraordinary performance in the 2019 season, making him the second-youngest player to achieve this feat, and only the second player to receive a unanimous selection for the award.
Jackson contracted COVID-19 when training was going on for the 2021 season. He however started in the First Week after recovering and finished the game against the Raiders with 235 passing yards and a passing touchdown. He suffered an ankle injury in the Week 14 game against the Cleveland Browns and ended up missing the remainder of the 2021 season. Jackson was named in the Pro Bowl for his performances at the beginning of the season.
Lamar Jackson’s Teams
Baltimore Ravens (2018-Present)
Jackson was picked in round 1 of the 2018 NFL Draft as a backup to quarterback Joe Flacco. Jackson got his first start when Flacco was injured and ended up becoming the starting quarterback for the Ravens. He is regarded as the best running quarterback in NFL history and has helped the Ravens dominate the league in terms of rushing, ever since his second season. He became the NFL MVP in 2019 for his cruising performance. He achieved 3127 passing yards and 1206 rushing yards (NFL record for quarterbacks).
Championships and Rings Won by Lamar Jackson
Lamar Jackson is yet to appear in a Super Bowl. The Ravens haven’t appeared in a Super Bowl since 2013 (Super Bowl XLVII). Since Jackson joined the Ravens, they are also yet to win a Conference Championship. The young quarterback awaits winning his first ring as an NFL player.
Lamar Jackson Awards and Honours
All-Pro First Team
NFL Passing Touchdown Leader
Bert Bell Award
FedEx Player of the Year
Sporting New Offensive Player of the Year
Pro Bowl Offensive MVP
Associated Press Player of the Year (college)
Sporting News Player of the year (college)
Walter Camp Award
Lamar Jackson NFL Records
First quarterback with multiple 1,000-yard rushing seasons (2019, 2020)
First player to finish with 400 yards passing, four touchdown passes, no interceptions and 50 yards rushing in a game (Week 5, 2021 vs Indianapolis Colts)
Most rushing yards by a quarterback in a season: 1,206 (2019)
Most rushing attempts by a quarterback in a season: 159 (2019)
Most regular season 100+ rushing yards games by a quarterback: 5 (2019)
Most career 75+ rushing yard games by a quarterback: 22
Most career 100+ rushing yards games by a quarterback: 10 (tied with Michael Vick)
Most perfect passer ratings in a season (tied with Ben Roethlisberger): 2 (2019)
Most wins by a quarterback under the age of 25 (35)
Most consecutive wins by a QB vs. NFC to begin a career: 12 (tied with Ken Stabler)
Most games with at least 250 passing yards and 100 rushing yards: 3 (tied with Cam Newton)
Most games with 200+ passing yards and 75+ rushing yards: 9 (tied with Russell Wilson)
Youngest quarterback to ever start a playoff game: 21 years, 364 days (2018 Wild Card Round against the Los Angeles Chargers)
Youngest quarterback to achieve a perfect passer rating: 22 years, 244 days (Week 1, 2019)
Youngest quarterback to start a Pro Bowl game
Highest completion percentage (86%) in a 400-yard passing game (Week 5, 2021 vs Indianapolis Colts)
Highest completion percentage (86%) when attempting more than 40 passes (Week 5, 2021)
Highest touchdown passing percentage (7.4%) in the Super Bowl Era (minimum 500 attempts)
Lamar Jackson Net Worth
Jackson has an estimated net worth of $4 million. He signed a rookie contract when he signed for the Ravens, however, a new four-year contract is supposedly guaranteeing him an annual salary of 2.3 million dollars. His contract is worth 9.7 million dollars and he is estimated to be valued at around $32.7 million by 2023.
Lamar Jackson Family
Jackson is close to his family and lives in Maryland with his siblings and mother. Jackson lost his father at a young age. Jackson is currently in a relationship with college sweetheart Jamie Taylor since 2017. He has a one-year-old daughter named Milan with Taylor.