Lamar Jackson is entering his sixth season as a pro and as a member of the Baltimore Ravens organization since the franchise traded up in the 2018 draft to select him with the final pick of the first round, aka, the 32nd overall selection.
Since then, Jackson has become a visible member of both the Ravens football team and the city of Baltimore as a whole, with a large impact on and off the field.
Jackson won the 2019 MVP award as the most valuable player of the NFL just two years into his profressional career, and he's widely well-regarded among people from the community of Baltimore with steady public acts of gratitude.
Just earlier this month, Lamar stopped by an ice cream truck to treat everybody around there to some sweet goodies.
In a recent development, and after the one and only practice the Ravens will hold this training camp inside M&T Bank Stadium, Jackson talked to Rocco DiSangro of FOX Baltimore and made it clear what he wants to do while he playing ball in Baltimore.
DiSangre told Jackson that "girls, guys, everybody--this city loves you," before adding that Jackson must "love the support out here." To that open statement, Jackson replied: "Absolutely."
The franchise quarterback, who inked a five-year, $260 million extension with the Ravens earlier this offseason, is entering what should be the second part of a three-part series with the Ravens--the one is already completed, the second is about to start, and by the time his upcoming contract runs out Jackson should still be in a position to sign another (at the very least) massive extension if he wishes to stay put in Maryland.
"I love the city," said Jackson, "and I didn't want to go anywhere else." Not happy enough with that, and in speaking in pure sporting terms, Jackson said that he wants "to have my name hung up there in the rafters, have my jersey hung up there in the rafters, retire a Hall of Famer, a Super Bowl winner here."
Simply put, as Jackson himself stated: "I just love it." Time to get to work, folks.