ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson joined his favorite player in NFL history in the record books in the first quarter of Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills.
With a 7-yard run, Jackson reached 1,000 rushing yards for the season, joining Michael Vick in 2006 as the only quarterbacks to reach the milestone.
When asked about fooling yet another defender on that run, Jackson said: “That’s God-given. I never go outside and just practice by myself. ... That’s God-given, and when I see a guy, I’m not trying to let him tackle me. I’m trying to get yards, score touchdowns, whatever it takes to win the game. And it just happened.”
Jackson could soon break Vick’s record for most rushing yards by a quarterback in a single season, 1,039, also set in the 2006 season. He had 11 carries for 40 yards on Sunday, pushing his 2019 total to 1,017. He needs just 22 yards on Thursday night against the New York Jets to set the record.
Earlier in the week, Jackson said it would be a “honor” to surpass Vick.
The only other quarterbacks to approach 1,000 rushing yards in a season, according to Pro Football Reference, were the Chicago Bears’ Bobby Douglass in 1972 (968 yards), the Philadelphia Eagles’ Randall Cunningham in 1990 (942), the Seattle Seahawks’ Russell Wilson in 2014 (849) and the Washington Redskins’ Robert Griffin III — the Ravens’ current backup quarterback — in 2012 (815).