As one of the most influential college footballers in the world, it’s no surprise that Lamar Jackson has continued to progress in his career, having worked his way up to become one of the best in the world of football at a very young age.
Famed for his rare speed and athleticism, Jackson is the first Louisville player to win the Heisman trophy, a feat he achieved on December 10, 2016. The only college footballer to have won the trophy twice was Archie Mason-Griffin, a former American football running back who played with the Cincinnati Bengals.
He’s also a proud winner of several awards, including the Walter Camp Award (2016) and the Maxwell Award, Sporting News Player of the Year (2016) and ACC Offensive Player of the Year.
Jackson began his football career at the age of eight. At the time, he was trained by his mother and a local trainer named Van “Peanut” Warren.
Read here, everything you need to know about Lamar Johnson, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner who’s currently making waves as a football quarterback.
Lamar Jackson’s Brief Bio
The 2016 Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson was born on January 7, 1997, in Pompano Beach, Florida. Born as Lamar Demeatrice Johnson, he had his high school education at Boynton Beach High School, where he actually began his football, career.
Under coach Rick Swain, he recorded a massive achievement in his career. His success in football saw him emerge as the first Boynton Beach student to win the Lou Groza Awards’ High School Player of the Year.
He became more popular after he was rated as the #8 dual-threat quarterback in the nation and 4-star prospect in Florida. In 2015, Johnson began studies at the University of Louisville after he was recruited by Lamar Thomas, Louisville’s lead recruiter at the time.
As a freshman in the prestigious institution learning, Jackson was featured in 12 games. He made eight impressive starts and went on to complete 135-of-247 passes for 1,840 yards with 12 touchdowns and eight interceptions.
The ever-impressive lad earned himself an overwhelming admiration and popularity after running for 960 yards and 11 rushing touchdowns for Louisville Cardinals, where he currently plays the quarterback position.
He has a younger brother called Jamar Jackson, who used to be his training mate when his career was just beginning to take off.
His Family – Mom, Father
Growing up without a father by his side was Johnson’s worst childhood experience. Though his mother was there for him during his childhood days, he knew someone special was missing in his life.
The handsome footballer was raised by his mother Felicia Jones. His father, Lamar Johnson Snr., died in a car accident when the football star was young. Felicia has been a supportive mother to Lamar ever since she lost her husband.
She’s her son’s big fan, the most influential person he knows and an irreplaceable source of help in his life and football career. To date, Jones still runs the sprints and also trains up-and-coming footballers in Louisville.
Is Jackson Dating? Who’s His Girlfriend?
In a time where most successful footballers crave and enjoy the spotlight, Jackson has successfully distanced himself from public attention and controversies that come with stardom.
The American college football player is not in any known relationship with the opposite sex as he seems very focused in life, giving his career his best. In addition, he has never tied the knot in the past, neither has he fathered a child with any woman.
The respected footballer has never been involved in unwanted rumours and gossips. He’s dearly loved for his decency, integrity and strong principles.
Marked as someone who can single-handedly win games, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner has his height and body build to thank for his flexibility on the pitch. His height stands at 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) while his weight is currently pegged at 211 lb (96 kg).
Quick Facts about Lamar Jackson
- Throughout history, many young men have excelled in college football. But Lamar Jackson holds the world record as the first player to total 1,000 rushing yards and over 3,000 passing yards in consecutive seasons in College football history.
- Owing to his meteoric rise to prominence, many football fans believe handsome Lamar has so many things in common with Teddy Bridgewater, a collegiate standout at the University of Louisville and MVP of the 2013 Sugar Bowl.
- He is ranked 10th in the FBS, having set a school record with 1,571 rushing yards as a runner with an impressive speed.
- Jackson’s mom, Felicia, is known for shunning the spotlight, a decision she passed on to her son. It has been severally reported that she declines media interview requests, including from respected media houses.
- His sun sign is Capricorn.
- His net worth is currently under review but we believe he earns a fortune from his budding career.