Lamar Jackson Becomes Youngest Heisman Winner Of All Time
You don't earn the nickname "Action Jackson" by being mediocre. Lamar Jackson was the most exciting football player in 2016, and he took home the Heisman trophy.
Jackson became the youngest player in college football history to win the Heisman, beating Jameis Winston by a slim margin. He accounted for 51 total TD's in 2016, a mind-boggling number that earned him the most prestigious honor a college player can take home.
It was an emotional night for the Florida native. His mother was by his side. She raised him by herself, after Lamar's father and grandmother died on the same day. He still remembers her strong words on that day.
"She said, Lamar, do not cry. I remember that the rest of my life," Jackson said, even though he tried to fight off tears all throughout his acceptance speech. "I told all my teammates I wasn't going to cry, but this is crazy right now."
He racked up 4,928 total yards of offense for Louisville, carving apart defenses all year long with his legs and his arm. He thought the experience was crazy, but the crazy part was the numbers he put up in 2016.
Speaking of numbers, he won the Heisman by a landslide victory. It was really a two horse race, between him and Clemson's Deshaun Watson.
The final vote was definitive, and it came out with Jackson as the clear victor.
1. Lamar Jackson 2,144
2. Deshaun Watson 1,524
3. Baker Mayfield 361
4. Dede Westbrook 209
5. Jabrill Peppers 208
The scariest part of the whole situation is that Jackson can't even go pro yet. As a sophomore, he still has another year of collegiate football ahead of him. Good luck stopping Action Jackson.
Some of the teams that recruited him wanted Jackson to change positions, but Louisville gave him the ball and asked him to make plays from day one. He made sure to thank Bobby Petrino and the rest of the coaching staff for the opportunity and trust they offered him.
"Growing up in Florida, there were so many influential people in my life, who made me the man I am today. Two years ago, I had many choices. Throughout the process, there was one school who stood by my side, and I fell in love with that place immediately, and that place is the University of Louisville," Jackson said with a huge smile painted across his face. "They helped me make the best decision of my life."
Louisville struck gold by signing Jackson. He's the first player in university history to ever win the Heisman, and he's not done yet.
It's hard to capture Jackson's excellence in a highlight film, mostly because his highlights could fill up hours of tape. Enjoy one of the best collegiate players in the history of the game by watching all 51 of his touchdowns, back to back. He's truly one of a kind.