Admittedly as a Ravens fan, I've been mesmerized by Lamar Jackson's performance ON the field. In his debut as a rookie last season, he was criticized for his inaccurate passing but showed off his super hero running ability that has helped him break Mike Vick's all-time rushing record this season. I've loved watching every minute of his record breaking ascension but what is far more impressive to me is who Lamar is of the field?
Lamar's father, Lamar Jackson Sr. died when he was 31 years old, on the same day that Lamar Jr's grandmother passed away as well. Lamar talked about dealing with this personal tragedy during his Heisman Trophy acceptance speech.
“But back to my mother. She put so much into me, like I said before, losing my father and my grandma on the same day,”Lamar said, “It hurt me. I wanted to cry real bad, but my mom was the real soldier, because I was going to be the baby, the female that day. But she told me, ‘Lamar do not cry,’ and I’ll remember that for the rest of my life.” Lamar was 8 years old the day he lost two of the most important people in his life. From that moment the bond with his mom, Felicia Jones, became even more important and special. She encouraged Lamar to rely of God and it was through that faith that they made it through the challenges they faced. Later. Felicia encouraged him to get the Bible verse Mark 6:4 tattooed on his left arm that reads: “Jesus said to them, ‘A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives, in his own home.'”.
A little something inspired by mom to keep Lamar grounded. No matter how much life brings success, the message is ...Who are you when you are home?