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Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson is No. 8 in the program and No. 1 in the hearts of Baltimore fans. If he has his way, he’ll soon be the owner of a Lombardi trophy and a jersey donning a new digit. The former league MVP is planning on a number change as soon as he secures a Super Bowl win.
.@Lj_era8 to No. 1 ⁉️
"If we win the Super Bowl, I'm going to No. 1… I want to retire No. 8 and No. 1. I want to do that here at the Ravens."
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) July 27, 2021
Jackson was a guest on Baltimore’s team podcast “The Lounge” and shared his desire to swap numbers. “If we win the Super Bowl, I’m going to No. 1,” said Jackson. “I want the No. 1. That’s my first number ever. My dad told me, ‘Get No. 1 because that’s the best. You’re the best.’ And it always stuck with me.”
After wearing 7 in high school, Jackson adopted No. 8 while at Louisville and has continued to wear the number in Baltimore. Eight’s been anything but crazy for Jackson. He’s won both a Heisman trophy and NFL MVP while rocking the number.
Entering his fourth pro season, Jackson aspires to bring a Super Bowl trophy to Baltimore before retiring a pair of numbers: “I want to retire No. 8 and No. 1. I want to do that here at the Ravens. So, I want to win a Super Bowl with No. 8 on, do as much as I can with No. 8 on, then come back and do the same thing with 1 on.”
Regardless of which number he decides to wear, defenders are likely to do a No. 2 while trying to contain him.