FanSided 250: Lamar Jackson earns high marks

Lamar Jackson #8 o (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Lamar Jackson #8 o (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

Former Louisville football star Lamar Jackson has clearly left his mark on the world.

It seems so odd to call Lamar Jackson one of the biggest talking points in the entire world. But it is true. He is a star in the United States and the world as a whole within all genres.

The FanSided 250 proves that point to us once again. Jackson checks in at No. 32 on the overall list of 250 select spots. The FanSided 250 is a ranking of all kinds of different forms from television shows, gaming, celebrities, and sports.

The rankings are compiled via a system of combining fan votes, social media following, and the shear amount of times a person or thing was searched for. Thus, creating the most accurate set of rankings all fans love.

After setting the college football world ablaze on a three year tear from 2015-2017, the star dual-threat quarterback Jackson has done the same thing to the NFL not even three full seasons in to his professional campaign.

Lamar is ranked as the No. 8 sports figure on the list putting him in the conversation with the likes of Giannis Antetokounmpo, Luka Doncic, and Tom Brady. That’s high praise for the former Louisville Cardinal.

The NFL’s MVP in 2019 is currently in the midst of a playoff battle in the AFC North with the Baltimore Ravens (who also made the list). Louisville fans are still in strong support of the young star as he makes his way through the NFL.

In fact, Louisville fans were fantastic in generating the first buzz for Lamar Jackson’s Heisman Trophy run that truly planted him on college football’s biggest stage. From there, the legend just continued to grow.

Jackson won the 2016 Heisman trophy and followed it up three years later with the highest individual honor one can earn in professional football.

His collage of sport memories continues to be built and a late season surge into the playoffs would be another accomplishment that he can add to his already endless collection of them.

The best part of Lamar may not even be Lamar Jackson the player; it’s really Lamar Jackson the person. His meetings with the media have become some of the best in the NFL.

Take this clip from training camp in 2019 for instance.

Lamar is not just one of the most talked about presences in all of sports. He is also the most loved and that has been clear to see ever since he was a freshman at the University of Louisville. He is just very easy to love as a player and Louisville fans know that as much as anyone.

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As Lamar Jackson’s legacy continues to grow, Louisville fans will continue to brag about how he was the greatest player they have seen on turf in a cardinal red uniform. And they would be so right in that thought.

Now, Lamar is trying to be the best player to ever garner the Ravens purple. He’s off to a pretty darn good start in doing so.

A FanSided 250 ranking of 32 is impressive for Lamar in 2020. Expect that number to keep climbing as years continue on.