|Full Name:||Lamar Demeatrice Jackson Jr.|
|Nickname:||LJax, Smiley Face|
|Place of Birth:||Pompano Beach, Florida|
|Parents:||Felicia Jones, Lamar Jackson Sr.|
Lamar Demeatrice Jackson Jr. is a quarterback in the National Football League for the Baltimore Ravens.
Jackson is one of the most explosive players to ever play the quarterback position. His ability to throw and run at any time makes him incredibly difficult to defend, which has earned him accolades in both college football and in the professional ranks.
He won the NFL MVP in 2019, his second season in the league.
Lamar Jackson played two seasons of high school football at Boynton Beach High School. His high school career was cut short as a result of Jackson transferring in from another school halfway through his high school education. But Jackson made an impact in two years at Boynton Beach, accounting for over 50 total touchdowns in his two seasons.
He was rated as a 4-star prospect and signed with Louisville as a dual-threat quarterback to play college football.
Lamar Jackson spent three seasons playing college football at the University of Louisville. Recruited by Bobby Petrino and Lamar Thomas, Jackson will be remembered as one of the most electrifying players in league history in the ACC. Jackson played 38 games in three seasons, including 12 as a true freshman, where he accounted for 2,800 total yards in his first season. His freshman season ended with a victory in the Music City Bowl over Texas A&M.
In his sophomore year, Jackson started to evolve into one of the most electrifying players in college football history. In his sophomore season opener, Jackson accounted for eight total touchdowns in a half against Charlotte, a school record for touchdowns in a game. His signature game that season was a five touchdown performance against Florida State.
Jackson finished his sophomore season with 51 total touchdowns, winning the Walter Camp Award, Maxwell Award and becoming a Heisman Trophy winner. Jackson won back-to-back ACC Offensive Player of the Year awards in his sophomore and junior seasons before leaving for the NFL Draft.
Lamar Jackson was drafted with the 32nd overall pick in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Jackson was the starting quarterback from the beginning of his pro career, with the Baltimore Ravens making the playoffs in his rookie season. Despite a strong regular season in his rookie campaign, the Ravens were upset by the Los Angeles Chargers in the first playoff game of Jackson’s career.
Jackson’s second season was even better, as the Ravens had a historic season in going 14-2 in the regular season. Jackson was named the NFL Most Valuable Player in 2019, earning the NFL MVP award unanimously by amassing over 4,000 total yards and a career-high 43 total touchdowns thanks to weapons like Marquise Brown and South Carolina product Hayden Hurst. Jackson is second to Jim Brown in terms of being the youngest player to ever win the MVP award in the NFL.
The team has yet to post a losing record with Jackson as their starting quarterback. And while success in the playoffs has yet to come for the Ravens with Jackson as their starter, the team is confident that it will arrive in the near future.
Lamar Jackson is still on his rookie contract, a four-year deal signed after the 2018 NFL Draft. The rookie deal is worth approximately $9.5 million, with a signing bonus of just under $5 million. Jackson’s net worth is estimated at $4 million, a number that stands to increase when he signs his next contract. Jackson has an endorsement deal with Oakley, but does not have as many endorsements as other popular quarterbacks in the NFL. He was the Madden 21 cover athlete as well.
Lamar Jackson was born to Felicia Jones and Lamar Jackson Sr. in Pompano Beach in South Florida. Jackson has a brother and two sisters.
He is also reported to have a girlfriend, named Jaime Taylor. He lives in Maryland with his mother and siblings, not far from the Ravens’ practice facility.