Lamar Jackson‘s jersey has formally been retired by the Louisville soccer program.
At halftime of the Cardinals’ sport in opposition to Syracuse, Jackson got here to midfield for a ceremony honoring him simply 4 years after he was taking part in on the identical area.
The Heisman Trophy winner and NFL MVP will go down as arguably the very best participant to ever play at Louisville, but additionally the most effective quarterbacks in school soccer historical past. In three seasons, Jackson had 9,043 passing yards with 69 touchdowns and 27 interceptions. He additionally had 4,132 speeding yards and 50 touchdowns on the bottom.
He is everywhere in the Louisville file e book as effectively.
“It means lots to me, it is loads of guys who have been capable of get their jersey retired not residing, however I am a younger man in my career and nonetheless taking part in NFL soccer,” Jackson mentioned on the Bally Sports activities broadcast. “Getting my jersey retired as a Cardinal is superb. I do not know what to say. It is heartwarming to me.”
Saturday was a big day for the Florida native, who retains shut tabs on Louisville’s program.
Jackson went by all of his reminiscences in a speech from his first interception in opposition to Auburn to his Heisman Trophy win and beating Kentucky in 2017. He ended his speech thanking the Louisville followers for being with him all through his profession.
“I admire you guys a lot, you’re with me each step of the best way,” Jackson mentioned. “I wouldn’t have needed to go to another faculty. That is the very best fan base within the nation.”
Louisville gamers Tyler Harrell and Henry Bryant might be allowed to complete the 12 months carrying Jackson’s No. 8, however must get a brand new quantity subsequent 12 months.
There’ll by no means be one other No. 8 in Louisville historical past because of Lamar Jackson.
This text initially appeared on Louisville Courier Journal: Lamar Jackson’s Louisville jersey quantity retired