Lamar 1st in NFL history to hit rushing milestone

  • University of Maryland graduate
  • Lives in the Baltimore area with his wife and son

Baltimore Ravens star Lamar Jackson is the first NFL quarterback to rush for 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons, and is making a strong case that he’s already the best dual threat in league history.

With his blazing speed and jaw-dropping elusiveness, Jackson reached 1,000 yards with a 7-yard scramble in the third quarter Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. The reigning NFL MVP entered Sunday’s game needing 92 yards rushing to reach the milestone.

Jackson is poised to become the second quarterback to win NFL MVP and reach the playoffs in his first three seasons in the league, joining Dan Marino. The Ravens can clinch a wild-card berth by beating Cincinnati or if the Colts lose Sunday.

The only other quarterback to surpass 1,000 yards rushing in a season was Michael Vick in 2006. Jackson has eclipsed 1,000 yards rushing in two of his first three NFL seasons, setting the single-season record for quarterbacks last season with 1,206 yards.

For quarterbacks, posting big back-to-back rushing seasons had proved elusive. Before Jackson, the previous two quarterbacks to rush for more than 900 yards in a season (Randall Cunningham and Vick) recorded less than 600 rushing yards the next season.

Jackson’s running has jump-started Baltimore’s race to the postseason. In winning four straight games entering Sunday, Jackson averaged 83.2 yards rushing.

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