Clearly impressed by Lamar Jackson setting the single season quarterback rushing record, Tom Brady challenged his QB counterpart to a special footrace.
After Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson rushed for 84 yards against the New York Jets on Thursday Night Football, he found his name etched into NFL immortality. The tally of ground yards was just enough to catapult Jackson past his childhood idol – Michael Vick – into being the new No. 1 in the record books.
Vick had 1,039 rushing yards during the 2006 Atlanta Falcons season. It set the bar for single-season rushing yards by a signal-caller, and was a record that Vick himself suggested would never be broken.
But Jackson – in just his second year as a pro – broke Vick’s record with two full regular season games to spare. The 84 yards against the Jets brought Jackson’s single-season total to 1,108 yards on the ground. He now has two chances to extend his own record with upcoming games against the Cleveland Browns (Week 16) and Pittsburgh Steelers (Week 17).
Jackson’s accomplishment was praised widely around the NFL… and one of the biggest supporters Thursday was none other than Tom Brady, the quarterback for the New England Patriots who ended up on the losing side of the equation when he faced Jackson’s Ravens back in Week 9 of this year.
Brady took to Twitter to humorously suggest a pay-per-view race between himself and Jackson.
“Me vs Lamar, 40 Yard Dash on natural grass but he has to wear rollerblades. Who’s buying the PPV?” was what the tweet read.
The 42-year-old Brady has never been known as “fleet of foot,” though he’s still managed to rush for over 1,000 yards himself during his NFL career nevertheless. Granted, it only took the Patriots QB 20 years in the league to reach the milestone – whereas Jackson eclipsed the mark in just 14 games.
According to NESN, Jackson was informed of Brady’s tweet following the Ravens’ victory over the Jets… and he’s in.
“He probably can win that race,” said Jackson. “Rollerblades on grass? Aw, man, I’ll see what I can do. Tom still got a bit in him. I seen him, I seen him.”
While fans probably shouldn’t hold their breath waiting for a PPV footrace between Jackson and Brady – rollerblades on grass and all – there’s a very good chance we could all be treated to a rematch between these two very different quarterbacks and their respective teams in the AFC playoffs at some point.
As things stand, the Ravens and the Patriots are the top two seeds in the conference.