Louisville Cardinals to retire former footballer Lamar Jackson’s No.8 jersey – .

Louisville Cardinals to retire former footballer Lamar Jackson’s No.8 jersey – .

Louisville will remove Lamar Jackson’s No.8 jersey in a ceremony during the Cardinals’ game against Syracuse on Nov. 13, the school said on Saturday.
Jackson will join Johnny Unitas as the only players in school history to have their numbers removed. Louisville retired No. 16 from Unitas in 2003.

The school surprised the Ravens quarterback with a video ad as he prepared to do media interviews in Baltimore.

“I feel like I won a Heisman again,” Jackson said in the video.

Jackson became the youngest player to win the Heisman Trophy in 2016 at 19, 337 days after a remarkable season in which he totaled 4,928 offensive yards. It ranks second in Heisman history behind Ty Detmer of BYU (5,022 in 1990).

He’s also the first player to win the Heisman with at least 30 touchdown passes and at least 21 rushing touchdowns, and his 1,538 rushing yards are the highest by a Heisman-winning quarterback.

Jackson played his most iconic game this season with the ‘Lamar Leap’, when he beat a Syracuse defender in a 62-28 victory – a move that has firmly anchored him in the minds of voters in Heisman.

“Lamar won the Heisman and then the NFL MVP, and he’s not even 25. Even more remarkable, he’s only getting better, ”Louisville athletic director Vince Tyra said in a statement. “His humble heart and his grounded approach made him loved by his teammates, his coaches and all the staff with whom he worked. He knows it takes eleven to be successful on offense, not one. We are so proud to retire his number 8 for what he has done so far, but are just as excited about what is to come. “

In addition to winning the Heisman, Jackson set or equaled 42 school records in one game, season and career during his three years at Louisville and holds seven ACC records. He remains the only player in FBS history to run for at least 1,500 yards and pass at least 3,500 yards in a season – and he did so in 2016 and 2017. He finished third in the Heisman vote in 2017 .

Jackson is expected to attend the ceremony in Louisville, as the Ravens have a Thursday night game against the Miami Dolphins that week. The Ravens drafted Jackson as No.32 overall in 2018, and he won NFL MVP honors in 2019.

“We couldn’t ask for a better representative of our football program,” Louisville coach Scott Satterfield said in a statement. “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. ”


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