UofL FOOTBALL | Lamar Jackson Declares for 2018 NFL Draft

01/05/2018 09:27 AM

Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson announced on Friday morning that he is declaring for the 2018 NFL Draft.

Jackson wrote a statement on Twitter:

“For the past three years, the @universityoflouisville, as well as the city of Louisville, has embraced me as one of their own. My time in Louisville has produced some of the best memories of my life. I have had the pleasure of being in the presence of some of the best professors, coaches, advisers, training staff, athletes and fans, in the nation. With their help I have been able to grow not only as a Quarterback, but as a teammate, student, and most of all, as a man.

After much discussion with my family and coaches, I have made the decision to take the next step in my career and enter the 2018 NFL Draft. I would like to thank the University of Louisville, Coach Petrino and the coaching staff, my teammates and the fans. It has been nothing short of an honor to be a member of #CardsNation and to play for this university. No matter what the future holds, one thing remains true #GoCards!”

Jackson leaves UofL as the owner of numerous program records, including total offense (13,175 yards) and total touchdowns responsible for (119).

Jackson won the 2016 Heisman Trophy and was a finalist for the award in 2017.

“As I have said before, Lamar is the best player you’re ever going to see,” said UofL head coach Bobby Petrino in a press release. “His impact on our university and this community has been immeasurable. And while personal accomplishments have been massive, he has remained such a humble person and has been a terrific teammate who cares more about others and simply winning.”

The 2018 NFL Draft begins on April 26.

Andrew Chernoff

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