Sports history in Black: Lamar Jackson proves the naysayers wrong

By Mike Patton

NABJ Black News & Views

Some had questions when Lamar Jackson entered his name in the NFL Draft. One analyst even went as far as to say that Lamar could not play quarterback in the NFL — this, despite an impressive career as a quarterback at the University of Louisville that included a Heisman Trophy.

Well, the Baltimore Ravens ignored al the talk and drafted Jackson at the end of the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

That pick has proven to be a great one for the Ravens, as Jackson has starred for the team and rewritten some records for quarterbacks. He’s even created some new records. For example, on Nov. 25, 2020, Lamar become the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for 3,000 yards and rush for 1,500 yards in his first two season. Some may have doubted him being a star at the next level, but the Ravens never did.

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