Lamar Jackson will be the last player to wear No. 8 at Louisville. The university surprised Jackson with that announcement, and captured his reaction to the news.
Jackson went back to the school under the impression he would meet with the media. Once Jackson settled in front of a computer, a video featuring Louisville coaches, players and those close to Jackson started playing.
The secrecy worked. Jackson was surprised by the news, telling those on the call, “Y’all made my day.”
He thought he was meeting with the media, but we had other plans…
— Louisville Athletics (@GoCards) October 16, 2021
Jackson put up phenomenal stats during his three years at Louisville. He threw for 9,043 yards and 69 touchdowns and rushed for 4,132 yards and 50 touchdowns. Jackson received multiple awards in college. He was the ACC Player of the Year and ACC Offensive Player of the Year twice, and even took home the Heisman trophy after his tremendous 2016 season.
Jackson’s number retirement ceremony will take place Nov. 13, when Louisville takes on Syracuse.
Lamar Jackson carries over success to NFL
Despite his college success, Jackson was a contentious draft prospect. Some analysts suggested he convert to wide receiver, believing Jackson would never develop enough to be a successful quarterback.
It didn’t take long for Jackson to bust that narrative. He erupted onto the scene during his second season in the NFL, throwing for 3,127 yards and 36 touchdowns while adding 1,206 rushing yards and 7 scores on the ground. Jackson was named the league MVP for that performance.
The only thing Jackson is missing is a Super Bowl ring, though that could come soon. Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens are 4-1 to open the 2021 season, and are well positioned to make another deep postseason run if they can stay healthy.