University of Louisville press release:
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville legend Lamar Jackson will remove his No.8 jersey number on Nov. 13 in a ceremony during the Cardinals’ home game against Syracuse, the vice president / manager of the Cardinals announced on Saturday on Saturday. athletics Vince Tyra.
Jackson will join Johnny Unitas as the only other player in UofL history to have his number withdrawn. Unitas No.16 was retired in 2003.
“Lamar won the Heisman, then the NFL MVP, and he’s not even 25. Even more remarkable, it just keeps getting better. He was born shortly before Tom Brady entered the league, so he has time to get past anything we’ve seen before. His humble heart and grounded approach make him endearing to his teammates, coaches and all the staff with whom he has worked. He knows it takes eleven to be successful on offense, not one. We’re very proud to retire his number 8 for what he’s accomplished so far, but we’re just as excited for what’s to come. This town has big L’s for our guy. Tyra adds.
Wide receiver Tyler Harrell and defensive lineman Henry Bryant, who currently wear this number this season, will have the opportunity to end the season in this jersey before the number is officially retired at the end of the year.
Jackson, a three-year winner for the Cardinals from 2015 to 2017, became the youngest player in history (19 years, 337 days) to win the Heisman Trophy in 2016 and was named a finalist for the award in 2017. He won several national championships. awards, including the Maxwell Award (2016), Walter Camp Player of the Year (2016), Associated Press Player of the Year (2016), CBS Sports Player of the Year (2016), The Sporting News Player of the Year (2016) , ACC Player of the Year (2016, 2017) and ACC Offensive Player of the Year (2016, 2017) – the first time in league history that a player has won back-to-back accolades.
The Pompano Beach, Florida native set or tied 42 Louisville records in one game, one season and one career during his time at Derby City and owns seven Atlantic Coast Conference marks.
“We couldn’t ask for a better representative of our football program. Lamar’s influence extends far beyond our campus — he has this whole city behind him every day and we look forward to welcoming him home, ”adds Louisville head coach Scott Satterfield.
Jackson had 9,043 yards, 69 touchdowns and rushed 655 times for a school record 4,132 yards (6.3 average) and 50 touchdowns. He ended his career sixth in the FBS for career rushing yards (4,132) by a quarterback and became the third player in FBS history to record 50 rushes and 50 touchdowns. move on to a career.
Playing just three seasons, Jackson is the only player in FBS history to run for at least 1,500 yards and pass at least 3,500 yards in one season (achieved the feat in 2016 and 2017).
Playing in just 38 career games at UofL, Jackson holds school records for total yards (13,175) and total yards per game (346.7 yards per game – ACC record).
Jackson was selected 32nd in the 2018 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens and has gone on to become one of the league’s top quarterbacks. In his fourth season, Jackson was named the Associated Press and PFWA NFL MVP (2019) and PFWA Offensive Player of the Year (2019).
During his MVP season, Jackson threw for 3,127 yards and a league record 36 touchdowns (also a franchise record). He added 1,206 rushing yards (sixth in the league), the most by a QB in single-season NFL history, and helped Baltimore set a new single-season team record in the NFL for rushing yards (3,296).
The UofL Sports Department will announce additional information regarding fan engagement in the weeks leading up to the Syracuse competition.
Tickets for the Syracuse game can be purchased by visiting gocards.com/tickets.
(Photo by Lamar Jackson: Jamie Rhodes – USA TODAY Sports)
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