Ravens QB Lamar Jackson has already won an MVP award. Not only that, but when he got the award back in 2019 he did so as the second-ever player voted unanimously as the winner of the piece.
Despite this, however, Jackson has an entirely different metal thing on his mind entering the home stretch of the 2023 regular season: the always-elusive Lombardi Trophy, and a Super Bowl victory by extension.
As quoted by Ryan Mink and Clifton Brown of BaltimoreRavens.com, Jackson told reporters "It’s an honor just being acknowledged—to be [in the] conversation with great guys. But I’m just trying to stay locked in trying to win because I want another trophy."
You guess what that "another trophy" is if the MVP is not the one. Uh, oh.
"It’s an honor just being acknowledged—to be [in the] conversation with great guys. But I’m just trying to stay locked in trying to win because I want another trophy.""- Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens QB
Jackson's focus since signing his extension last spring has flipped from an individual one to one based entirely on team success.
In 2019, just in his second season as the Ravens starter, Jackson was awarded the MVP after leading the league with 36 touchdown passes and 1,206 rushing yards. No more he can do to top that, honestly.
This season, over 13 games through Week 14, Jackson has thrown for 2,934 yards with 16 touchdowns against only six interceptions, boasting a 66.8 percent completion rate and a 97.7 passer rating. His rushing stats are simply unheard of with Jackson having racked up 644 yards and five touchdowns to date.
The Ravens are considered title contenders (for real) in the NFL for the first in ages. However, postseason success has been elusive for Jackson and the Flock since they last won the Super Bowl in the 2012 season. Lamar has only one playoff win in three games played.
That might change this season, but the Ravens still have to navigate an end-of-season schedule featuring games against the Jacksonville Jaguars, San Francisco 49ers, Miami Dolphins, and Pittsburgh Steelers in the next month.
Securing the top seed in the AFC is a tough task considering that monster home stretch, but achieving it would significantly bolster Jackson's MVP case and clean the road to the Super Bowl a bit for Baltimore. However, Jackson is truly embracing the challenge no matter what, saying "I like playing football, so it really doesn’t matter. I’m going to have fun."