Last Updated on: September 4, 2020 by: Lucifer
Lamar Jackson is an American football quarterback, who now plays for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League. He played college football for the University of Louisville for three seasons.
Lamar Jackson Bio; Parents, Education, Height, Weight
Lamar Demeatrice Jackson Jr. was born on 7 January 1997 to parents Lamar Jackson Sr. and Felicia Jones. He grew up along with a younger brother, Jamar in Pompano Beach, Florida. His mother used to train football to him along with his brother at their early age.
Jackson attended Boynton Beach High School in Boynton Beach, Florida. Later, he went to the University of Louisville to play college football in 2015. The young talent stands at a towering height of 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 meters) and weighs 212 lbs (96 kg).
His Career; NFL, Stats
Lamar began to play college football for the University of Louisville in 2015. In the first game of his sophomore year, he set a school record for total touchdowns with eight, all of them in the first half against the Charlotte 49ers. Moreover, he played in 13 games in his junior year and had stats of finishing with 3,660 passing yards, 27 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions.
Lamar Jackson NFL career stats at the Baltimore Ravens (Picture: NFL)
Jackson was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the first round with the 32nd overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. He made his NFL debut against the Buffalo Bills, finishing with 24 passing yards and 39 rushing yards. A year later, he became the unanimous NFL MVP in 2019 with some great stat like the 324 years and five touchdowns which was his career-high records. During the postseason, he ran 20 times for 143 yards to record the first athlete to throw over 300 yards and rush of more than 100 yards in a playoff game.
For the season, he became the recipient to be voted as the MVP also securing the second player in history after Tom Brady to be voted unanimously. Moreover, he also became the second-youngest player to win, behind only Jim Brown. For the 2020 season, he chose the quarterback position for the Pro Bowl in Orlando, Florida. At the time, he threw for 185 yards and two touchdowns with one interception and was named the offensive Most Valuable Player.
Contract & Salary
In June 2018, Lamar signed a four year rookie contract with the Baltimore Ravens worth $9,471,652. It includes a $4,968,472 signing bonus, $7,575,059 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $2,367,912.
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In 2019, he will earn a base salary of $910,529, carrying a cap hit of $2,152,646 and a dead cap value of $6,332,942. For the 2020 season, Lamar’s salary is $1,341,059.
Lamar Jackson & Girlfriend Met in 2017!
The 23-year-old and his girlfriend Jamie Taylor have been dating each other for the past three years since 2017. It was during his college days at the University of Louisville, but very less has been known about his partner who rather prefers to stay away from the pondering media limelights.
Lamar Jackson shares an Instagram picture with his mother Felicia Jones in December 2017 (Picture: Lamar’s Instagram)
According to the clean sheet, Lamar is the one who taught his girlfriend to handle criticism. Lamar always believes that responding to a critic can be complex and the least a public figure can do is let the people talk or criticize to prove them wrong which should not affect both their professional career and personal lives.
Some Interesting Facts About Lamar Jackson
- Lamar’s mother Felicia served as his manager during the NFL draft process in 2018.
- His father died of a heart attack when he was just eight years old in 2005.
- During his college year, Jackson won the Heisman Trophy, Maxwell Award, and Walter Camp Award and also was a unanimous All-American as a sophomore in 2016.
- The athlete is a vivid social media user with over 2.6 million Instagram followers.