Tom Brady

Quick Links

Ravens' Lamar Jackson aspiring to become the Tom Brady of Baltimore

jackson-fire-usat.jpg
USA TODAY Sports

Ravens' Lamar Jackson aspiring to become the Tom Brady of Baltimore

It only took Lamar Jackson seven weeks to get the city of Baltimore behind him. 

Since becoming the Ravens' starter in Week 11, Jackson pulled his team out of a three-game losing streak, going 6-1 down the stretch, and earned the franchise their first playoff appearance in three season.

That's quite impressive for a rookie, but the 22-year-old wants his time in Baltimore to resemble arguably the greatest to ever do it. 

"Ain't no ceiling," Jackson said on his limitations in an interview with Ray Lewis for Showtime's 'Inside the NFL.' "I already said it, when I got drafted, I want to bring a Super Bowl to Baltimore, so I'm going to try to bring as much as I can. I want to bring a Super Bowl here. I want to be the Brady. Bring multiple if I could."

Through 19 seasons, Tom Brady has brought five Lombardi Trophy's to the city of Boston and is currently in the race for a sixth. It's a feat that may never be repeated, but Jackson sure wants to try.

The young quarterback's speed is something that separates him from the 41-year-old veteran. In just seven games, Jackson rushed for more yards (695) than every other quarterback in 2018, and his 119 rushing yards against the Cincinnati Bengals was the most ever by a QB in their starting debut. 

“Probably when, like, I'm playing football with my older cousins,” Jackson told Lewis on when he realized he was the fastest kid on the block. “I used to play with all the older guys. I never played with, really, my age group when I was younger. ... There would be a new kid come on the block, and they'd be like, 'Oh, this kid, he's good,' this and that. So I get jealous, because I'm like, 'Man, I'm the best kid over here,' so I'm going to outperform him.”

His speed is such a threat that the Ravens have already begun shaping their future around it, while accuracy and ball security remain a work in progress. Jackson finished his rookie campaign completing 99 of 170 passes for 1,201 yards and six touchdowns. 

While reaching Brady-type success will be an uphill battle, the good news is he's got 18 or more seasons to hit his goal. Jackson will get his first taste of Brady in 2019 when the Ravens host the Patriots. 

You can watch Jackson and Lewis' full interview Tuesday at 9 p.m..

MORE RAVENS NEWS: 

Quick Links

Boston based brewery trolls the Ravens with 'Is Joe Flacco Elite?' cans

Boston based brewery trolls the Ravens with 'Is Joe Flacco Elite?' cans

Ever since hoisting the Lombardy trophy in Super Bowl XLVII and being named its MVP, many have brought up the question is, "Joe Flacco an elite QB?"

If you were to ask Ravens’ fans, their answer would simply be yes. To other football fans, though, the answer is still up for grabs. It’s been such a topic of discussion that it was even asked to then-presidential candidate Donald Trump who gave this response:

Behind the Steelers, the Patriots are at the top of the list of Ravens rivals. So, to poke some fun at the Ravens during the offseason, Tree House Brewing Co. (a Boston brewery) sent several of their cans to the Ravens training facility with “Is Joe Flacco Elite?” scanned on the bottom of them. The special cans the Ravens received are just a couple out of 12,000 printed.

[Credit: Agostino Lopes]

When it comes to hiring employees that are Pats fans, the Boston brewery takes it very seriously.

"We ask everyone if they are a Pats fan," co-owner of the brewery Dean Rohan said. "I know it's not legal, but you have to be a Pats fan to be here."

Andrew Pillsbury, who is a packaging line operator for the brewery, came up with the idea. When asked if he thinks Flacco is elite or not, he said, "We go back and forth. In the regular season, he doesn't look too elite. But sometimes he comes through there in the playoffs, and it gives us a little scare. But we got Tom Brady, so we're not really worried."

Will the Ravens respond and send the Pats a case of Natty Boh?

MORE RAVENS: FORMER RAVEN JUSTIN FORSETT RETIRES

Quick Links

Ravens' Terrell Suggs simply refuses to mention Patriots' Tom Brady by name

Ravens' Terrell Suggs simply refuses to mention Patriots' Tom Brady by name

OWINGS MILLS – Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs will go to great lengths not to mention Patriots quarterback Tom Brady by name.

It has been that way for years. Suggs may grudgingly praise Brady if asked. Suggs may say, “You know who I mean,” or “The quarterback from New England.”

But Suggs uttering the name Tom Brady is not happening. Check out this exchange between Suggs and reporters following Wednesday’s practice.

Question: Is it fair to say you really don’t want to talk about Tom Brady?

Suggs: “I’m like Marshawn Lynch, y’all know why I’m here. It’s a big game this week. We get to play on Monday night. We’re playing a good team. They’re ahead of their division. We’re ahead of ours. So we have another big game. It’s going to be fun.”

Question: You don’t want to say his name, do you?

Suggs smiled. Then he replied, “I mean, it’s going to be fun. We’re going to have fun. It’s going to be an interesting game and we accept the challenge.”

Suggs accepted the challenge of not saying “Tom Brady” years ago. That’s just part of the edginess of the Ravens-Patriots rivalry, which both teams are looking forward to renewing Monday night.

MORE RAVENS: Harbaugh talks personal relationship with Belichick