Throwback to When Lamar Jackson Vowed to Win the Ravens a Super Bowl in 2018

Published 04/24/2021, 8:56 PM EDT


Florida-born Lamar Jackson was the talk of the country in 2016. The Louisville quarterback threw for 3,543 yards with 30 passing TDs against 9 interceptions that season. He further rushed for 1,571 yards with 21 rushing TDs.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Jackson beat the likes of Deshaun Watson and Baker Mayfield to the Heisman Trophy award. He became the youngest-ever college quarterback to win the award. He was in his Sophomore year, aged 19.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

The following year, he elevated his game to a whole new level a season later. Lamar threw for 3,600+ yards with 27 passing TDs. He also rushed for 1,601 yards including 18 rushing TDs to end his NCAA career on a strong note. This is exactly why fans were surprised that Lamar Jackson was the fifth quarterback to be selected in the 2018 NFL Draft.

But almost immediately, the starry-eyed youngster sent out a message to all the naysayers.

DIVE DEEPER

Can Jameis Winston Lead the Saints to a Super Bowl? Here’s What Chris Godwin Has to Say

19 days ago

Lamar Jackson was determined to silence his doubters way back in 2018

Lamar Jackson was drafted by AFC North big boys, Baltimore Ravens, as the 32nd pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. He was the 5th quarterback to be drafted that year behind Mayfield, Sam Darnold, Josh Allen, and Josh Rosen.

After dropping so low in the 1st round, Jackson painted a frustrated figure in the above interview. However, he did not let the heat of the moment get to him. He vowed to come back with a vengeance and do his talking on the football field.

Lamar Jackson went on to set multiple records just a year later. The Ravens shot-caller went on to win the 2019 NFL MVP award. He became the second player after Tom Brady to win the title by a unanimous vote.

He also set a record for the most rushing yards in a season by a quarterback (1,206). Lamar was the youngest quarterback to start in the playoffs but could not lead the Ravens to the AFC Championship Game.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Oct 18, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) rolls out of the pocket against the Philadelphia Eagles during the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Jackson’s 2020 NFL season ended with disappointment, once again. Coach John Harbaugh’s boys were knocked out in the AFC Divisional Round by Josh Allen-led Buffalo Bills.

Still just 24, Lamar has a long NFL career ahead of him. If he manages to avoid injury and work a little more on his passing game, a Super Bowl trophy could be on its way to Baltimore soon enough.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

DIVE DEEPER

Why Does De’Vonta Smith Share a Special Relationship with Barber Vincent Sanders?

19 days ago

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

Daniel Arambur

1594 articles

Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT