The NFL is expected to name Lamar Jackson the Most Valuable Player for the 2019 season on Saturday. The 2nd year pro led the Baltimore Ravens to the AFC North Divisional Crown and earned the AFC’s top seed in the NFL Playoffs. Lamar started 15 of 15 games before sitting out week 17 and still managed to lead the NFL in TD passes & broke the single season rushing record for a Quarterback and was 13-2 as a starter during the regular season. The Baltimore Ravens set a franchise record W/L record of 14-2.
Last week Lamar was named the Pro Bowl MVP. After the season Lamar was named the FedEx Air Player of the Year and 1st Team All-Pro. He was named the AFCs Offensive Player of the Week 4x during the 2019 season and added 2 perfect passer ratings. He turned 23 in early January.
Lamar amassed 43 Total TDs (led NFL + Franchise Record) and had 36 Passing TDs (led NFL + Franchise Record). His stat line for the 2019 season was the following: 265-401, 3127 yards passing, 36 passing TDs, 6 INTs. 176 carries, 1206 yards, 7 TDs.
The NFL MVP honor is the 4th time a Louisville Cardinal has won the NFL Most Valuable Player award, with former UofL Cardinal Johnny Unitas winning 3 MVPs with the Baltimore Colts. Strangely enough, all FIVE professional league MVPs (NFL & NBA) for Louisville happened in Baltimore. Johnny Unitas (1959, 1964, 1967), Lamar Jackson (2019), and Wes Unseld’s NBA MVP occurred with the Baltimore Bullets (1969).
The NFL MVP award will be announced tomorrow at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami, Steve Harvey returns to host NFL Honors. The ninth edition of this annual event, which will be nationally televised on FOX at 8 p.m. ET/PT, features the announcement of the Associated Press awards and the newest Pro Football Hall of Fame class.
Image of Lamar Jackson & Johnny Unitas Illustrated by Shae Goodlett.