Baltimore Ravens quarterback, Lamar Jackson, put the finishing touches on what will likely be an MVP season in week sixteen of the NFL season. As a way to thank his offensive line for helping him have that type of performance, he decided to buy them all rolexes. However, one Ravens fan decided to criticize Jackson in a letter to the editor for gifting to his offensive line instead of donating the money to charity.
A Common Practice
What Jackson did is very common for quarterbacks to do after having a successful season. Even quarterbacks whose teams did not have a great season this year gifted their offensive line; even Carolina Panthers’ running back Christian McCaffrey jumped in on the gift giving. In 2018, Rams quarterback Jared Goff and running back Todd Gurley gifted their offensive line with Polaris Rangers. Some of the best gifts in football were in 2017 where Goff and Todd Gurley gifted their offensive line with Xbox Ones and Xbox Live memberships, Washington Redskins’ quarterback Alex Smith gifted suits, and Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons gave virtual reality headsets to his linemen.
None of these players, comprised of both quarterbacks and running backs, faced criticism for gifting their linemen in response to assisting them in their seasons. Rather than speculate, the best thing to do is celebrate Jackson’s great season and see if it continues through the playoffs. Jackson broke Michael Vick’s record for rushing yards by a quarterback in a season and led the Ravens to the NFL’s best regular season record at 14-2. His career has taken off since he took over for veteran Joe Flacco in 2018. Although his arm will likely be put to the test next season, NFL fans will be interested in seeing his growth. Fans should celebrate that instead of worrying about his gifts for teammates.
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