With the conclusion of the the NFL Top 100 player list, the seventh and final Raven made his appearance. Coming in at No.1, as voted by his peers, was none other than the unanimous MVP himself.
After becoming the youngest player to ever win MVP, quarterback Lamar Jackson is now also the youngest player to ever finish atop the NFL Top 100. Jackson beat out Russell Wilson, Aaron Donald, and reigning Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes for the spot. This comes after failing to make the list just a year ago.
Lamar Jackson BALLED in 2019!— CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) July 30, 2020
• Youngest QB to ever win MVP at 22 years, 358 days old.
• 1st player in NFL history with 2,500+ pass yds & 1,000+ rush yds in a season
•3rd QB in NFL history with 35+ pass TDs and 6 or fewer INT in a season (Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady) pic.twitter.com/UfWQhreON2
In just his second season, Jackson not only led the entire league in touchdown passes with 36, he also broke the QB rushing record with 1,201 yards on the ground, a record previously held by Michael Vick. Team after team was left in awe of Jackson’s abilities in 2019 as he propelled Baltimore to a 12-game winning streak.
Jackson was doubted by many as he entered the 2018 NFL Draft, with some even saying he didn’t have what it took to play QB at the NFL level. Four QBs were selected ahead of Jackson before he was selected with the last pick of the first round. After taking over a 4-5 team as a rookie in 2018, the Ravens only lost one game with Jackson at the helm, finishing the regular season with a record of 10-6 and making the playoffs for the first time since the 2014 season. While many claimed that Jackson was figured out by the Chargers in Baltimore’s playoff loss, he would respond with a historic season, dominating the NFL landscape.
It’s abundantly clear that Jackson has the overwhelming respect of players across the league.
At just 23-years old, Jackson has accomplished a lifetime of accolades. One goal remains for Jackson, though, as he has stated multiple times, and that is to win the Super Bowl.
Starting his career 0-2 in the playoffs has led to criticism and further skepticism regarding his longevity as an NFL QB, but one thing is for certain, Jackson will do everything in his power to prove his doubters wrong.