Of all the “Happy Birthday” tweets and messages sent to Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, who turns 23 today, possibly the most high-profile shoutout came from rapper Drake.
The Grammy-winning artist posted a congratulatory message to his Instagram story Tuesday morning, with a photo of him wearing sweatpants adorned with “Truss,” which has become the team’s mantra this season, embroidered in gold letters.
“It was pretty cool. I’ve been talking to Drake for the longest,” Jackson said Tuesday. “You guys don’t know that, but I’ve been talking to him for the longest, so it was pretty cool. I’ve seen it, everybody has been telling me, so it’s dope. It’s Drake.”
The shoutout has some Ravens fans worried. Over the years, Drake has gained the reputation of bringing bad luck to teams he has supported. The University of Alabama football team, University of Kentucky basketball team and Golden State Warriors have all notably lost big games after Drake professed his admiration for their teams.
His presence at sporting events has since been dubbed the “Drake Curse."
Even with all the attention Jackson will receive this week, for his birthday and making his second playoff start Saturday against the Tennessee Titans, coach John Harbaugh doesn’t expect any drop in performance from the presumptive NFL Most Valuable Player.
“We expect guys to be at their best on their birthday, their birthday week,” Harbaugh said with a smile.