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

Louisville Cardinals to retire Lamar Jackson's No. 8 jersey

Jackson joins Unitas as the only players at the school with retired numbers

Louisville to retire Lamar Jackson’s number 8 en a ceremony during the Cardinals game Nov. 13 against Syracusethe school announced.

Jackson will join Johnny Unitas as the only players in the school’s history with their numbers retired.. Louisville retired No. 16 from Unitas in 2003.

The school surprised the quarterback of the Ravens with a video ad while preparing for media interviews at Baltimore.

“I feel like I won a Heisman again,” Jackson joked with the video.

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

He is also the first player to win the Heisman with at least 30 touchdown passes and at least 21 rushing, and his 1,538 rushing yards are the most for a Heisman-winning quarterback.

Jackson made his most iconic play that season with the “Lamar Leap,” when he defeated a Syracuse defender in a 62-28 victory, a move that placed him firmly on the minds of Heisman voters.

“Lamar won the Heisman and then the NFL MVP, and he’s not even 25 years old. Even more remarkably, he’s just getting better,” Louisville athletic director Vince Tyra reflected in a statement. “His humble heart and steadfast focus make him beloved by his teammates, his coaches, and any staff he’s been with. He knows it takes eleven to be successful on offense, not one. We are very proud to retire his number. 8 for what he’s accomplished so far, but we’re just as excited about what’s to come. “

In addition to winning the Heisman, Jackson set or tied 42 single-game, season, and career school records during his three years at Louisville and has seven ACC marks. He remains the only player in FBS history to rush for at least 1,500 yards and pass at least 3,500 yards in a season, and he did so in both 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 selected Jackson with the 32nd overall pick in 2018, and he won NFL Most Valuable Player honors in 2019.

“We couldn’t ask for a better representative for our football program,” Louisville coach Scott Satterfield acknowledged in a statement. “Lamar’s influence goes far beyond our campus – he has the entire city behind him every day and we can’t wait to welcome him home.”

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