Since entering the NFL, Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson has not been shy about his admiration for legendary quarterback Tom Brady.
It appears the feeling is mutual.
In one of his many farewell messages posted on social media Monday as part of his retirement from the NFL after 22 seasons and seven Super Bowl titles, the future Hall of Famer appeared to challenge the Ravens star to carry the torch.
“[You’re] next,” the 44-year-old former New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers star wrote on Instagram with a photo of the two shaking hands during a 2019 Patriots game in Baltimore — a game the Ravens won, 37-20, on the way to a record-setting 14-2 season that earned Jackson the NFL Most Valuable Player award.
In Jackson’s mind, there’s no debate that Brady — who ends his career as the NFL’s all-time leader in passing yards (84,520) and touchdown passes (624) and the only player to win more than five Super Bowls — is the Greatest of All Time.
“Tom Brady [is] definitely the one at the top,” Jackson said ahead of his first — and only — matchup against Brady in 2019. “Definitely, definitely. He’s got six Super Bowls.
“He’s just so cool. In the pocket, he drops back, he looks so smooth, like he’s not even dropping [back]. It looks like he really just standing there, just waiting [for] stuff to happen, just [picking] the defense apart. [He is] a great quarterback, man.”
Jackson and the Ravens were scheduled to face Brady and the Buccaneers on the road during the 2022 season, but it wasn’t meant to be. Maybe they can still meet for a race.