Lamar Jackson is an American footballer for the National Football League’s (NFL) Baltimore Ravens. He debuted in 2018 for Baltimore Ravens following his selection as the 32nd pick in the 1st round of the 2018 NFL draft. The 2019 NFL Most Valuable Player has trademarked himself as an offensive-oriented quarterback and his speed and skilful passing break apart tight areas on the pitch. In this Lamar Jackson biography facts, childhood, net worth and personal life, we review the profile, career and important events from his childhood to date.
Lamar Jackson Biography Facts, Draft, Age, Parents, Family
- Full Name: Lamar Demeatrice Jackson Jr
- Nickname: Smiley face
- Born: 7th January 1997
- Age: 26 years old
- Place of Birth: Pompano, Florida, USA
- Nationality: American
- Occupation: American Footballer
- League: NFL
- NFL Draft: 2018 (Round 1; Pick 32)
- NFL Debut: Baltimore Ravens (2018)
- Current Team: Baltimore Ravens
- Playing Position: Quarterback
- Kit Number: #8
- Net Worth: $4 million
- Listed Height: 1.88 m
- Listed Weight: 96 kg
- High School: Santaluces Community High School, Boynton High School
- College: University of Louisville
- Mother: Felicia Jones
- Father: Lamar Jackson Sr
- Partner: Jamie Taylor
- Zodiac Sign: Capricorn
Lamar Jackson Childhood Story, Family Background & Early Life
Lamar Demeatrice Jackson Jr was born on 7th January 1997 in a financially distraught area in Florida USA. His parents Mrs Felicia Jones and Mr Lamar Jackson Sr lived and raised Lamar and his siblings till Mr Jackson Sr. died in a car accident. On the same day of his father’s death, he also lost his grandmother.
He grew up living in small, uncomfortable apartments and attended different public schools during his elementary years, playing American football in all. Jackson could impressively throw 20 yards consistently at a juvenile age of eight. In high school, he had a good sense of hard work as he although talented, continued to show improvements in his style of passing and intelligence. Apart from football, Jackson also participated in track and field events and even won 2014, Lou Groza, Palm Beach County High School Player of the Year. As a boy, Lamar Jackson was an admirer of Michael Vick.
Lamar Jackson College Career Highlights & Awards
In Louisville College, Jackson established himself as a pivotal part of their success for the period he attended. In his 1st year, he won the Music City Bowl MVP for 2015 after recording amazing feats in aspects of touchdowns, interceptions and passing yards. He won Walter Camp Award, Player of the Year, Heisman Trophy award and Maxwell Award as the college football best all-around player of the year in his sophomore.
In his 3rd year, he won the Adidas High-Performance Male Athlete of 2017 due to his previous year’s performances. His Heisman Trophy collection makes him the youngest receiver of the award. He won the men’s ACC Athlete of the Year for all conference sports in his final year.
Lamar Jackson Professional Football/NFL Career, Achievements & Awards
Baltimore Ravens (2018-present)
In 2018, Lamar Jackson decided to enter the NFL draft. Although the thoughts of analysts were for him to change his role from a quarterback, he decided to stick and display his dexterity in passing and intelligence in the deep role. Baltimore Ravens selected him in the 1st round as the 32nd pick. He then committed to the Ravens with a $9,470,000 deal and a signing bonus of $4.97 million.
Jackson debuted in a win against Buffalo Bills as a relief for Joe Flacco and recorded his premiere touchdown against New Orleans Saints. In November, he was named the quarterback starter against Cincinnati Bengals following Joe Flacco’s injury. In that game, he rushed for 117 yards and that stat made it to the Ravens’ franchise record by a quarterback to have that number of rushing yards in a single game. Lamar Jackson helped the Ravens as they won the AFC North title and went on to complete the regular season with a quarterback topping of 5 rushing touchdowns and 695 rushing yards as well as 6 passing touchdowns, 1,201 passing yards and 3 interceptions.
During the 2018 postseason, Jackson’s feature in the playoffs makes him the youngest player to start in the quarterback role during the playoffs. After losing the playoffs in a match against the Chargers, Baltimore Ravens decided to build an attacking policy based on Jackson’s passing skills and intelligence.
In the 2019 regular season, Lamar Jackson had a perfect passer rating and his career’s highest passing yards of 324 in the opening fixture of the season where he also recorded 5 touchdowns in a 49-point difference score-line against Miami Dolphins. He won the 1st week AFC Offensive Player of the Week for his skilful display. He also recorded 2 touchdowns in the following game and set a franchise record for the Ravens as regards touchdown passes.
Lamar Jackson set himself as the 1st in the history of the NFL to record above 250 passing yards and 120 rushing yards in a single game. His two perfect passer rating in a season made him the second player in the NFL to do so. He also became the 1st quarterback to score four and above touchdowns in a regular-season more than once. His 86 rushing yards against Houston Texans in the 11th week made him the 1st quarterback to record 60 and above rushing yards in 7 games without interruption.
Following the victory against Buffalo Bills, Jackson seconded Michael Vick’s record of 1000 rushing yards in a season. In total, Jackson won 5 AFC Offensive Player of the Week awards and 1 AFC Offensive Player of the Month award during the 2019 regular season. Baltimore Ravens featured in the 2020 Pro Bowl and Jackson became the youngest quarterback starter in the Pro Bowl. Following his 2019 performances, he was named the Most Valuable Player which he won unanimously (following Tom Brady, which was the 1st unanimous winner of the MVP award).
Lamar Jackson Net worth, Salary, Endorsements& Sponsorships
Lamar Jackson has an estimated net worth of $4 million. His net worth is likely to have an upsurge this year as he is fast becoming a star player. He currently earns a salary of about $480,000 a year. Jackson’s small salary is so because he currently plays with his rookie contract. As a young footballer with a bright future, the competition for Jackson to sign endorsement deals for brands is high. In a recent report, Nike and Under Armour are likely to sign endorsement deals with the Ravens’ quarterback.
Lamar Jackson Personal Life & Relationship
Jackson’s juvenile circumstances might be some notable reasons for his seriousness in his rise to stardom; he had no father, lost his grandmother, lived in a financially distraught area and stayed in uncomfortable mini apartments.
Prior to the death of his father when he was 8 years old, they both had good times as they enjoyed football together within their compound. Lamar admitted that his mother featured as both father and mother by providing for him and also training him in terms of football. In fact, his mother shaped his football career. Jackson once wrote for The Players’ Tribune, mentioning that her mother was his best coach.
Before his games, Jackson enjoys a simple, rich meal of shrimp alfredo pasta.
As a sci-fi movie lover, his best superhero is the DC Comics’ character, ‘superman’.
Lamar Jackson is a devoted Christian and resides in Owings Mills, Maryland, the United States with his mother and siblings.
Lamar Jackson is currently in a relationship with his girlfriend Jamie Taylor.
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