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Lamar Jackson

Lamar Jackson

Baltimore Ravens 

lamar_jackson-credit-baltimore-ravensBefore the 2019 NFL season, no quarterback had ever racked up more than 1,000 yards rushing as well as 3,000 yards passing in a single 16-game season.

Enter the Baltimore Ravens’ Lamar Jackson.

In less than two years, Jackson went from the last pick in the first round of the 2018 NFL draft to the league’s unanimous choice for most valuable player.

Joining New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady as the only other player to get all 50 votes, Jackson also became the third-youngest to earn the distinction behind Cleveland Browns running back and Hall of Famer Jim Brown.

Growing up in Florida, Jackson became a standout football player at Boynton Beach High School. Though courted by many big-name schools, he picked Louisville after head coach Bobby Petrino told his mother that Jackson would only be a quarterback, a non-starter in Jackson search for a college football program. He would go on to earn the Heisman Trophy in his sophomore year and placed third for the honor during his junior and final year at Louisville.

During his first season with the Ravens, Jackson took over for injured starter Joe Flacco and helped the team to a 6-1 record and the AFC North title.

Thanks to Jackson’s record-setting second season, the Ravens won the AFC North again and the Ravens had the league’s best record at 14-2.

“I’m still young,” Jackson said to ESPN. “I’ve still got a lot of work to do. I’m not really trying to dwell on what I just did. If I win a Super Bowl, you’ll probably see a lot more emotion.”

This is a winner profile from The Daily Record's 2020 Influential Marylanders awards.

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