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On Saturday, quarterback Lamar Jackson became the first Louisville player to win the Heisman Trophy, as he hoisted the legendary award for all to see at the Heisman Trophy award presentation.

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“To be able to stand up here with all the former winners, I’m extremely proud to represent this class and Louisville as their first Heisman Trophy winner,” said Jackson, who wore a Louisville-red velvet blazer with shiny black lapels. “For my teammates, it’s an award for all of us. I can’t wait to cherish it with all of you.”

Jackson wins this award after finishing the regular season with 51 total touchdowns and 4,928 total yards.

Jackson won the award with 2,144 points with Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma running back Dede Westbrook and Michigan all-around star Jabrill Peppers placing second through fifth, respectively.

During his speech, Jackson also went on to credit his mother, Felicia Jones.

“Everything I do is for my mother,” Jackson said Saturday.  Like I said before, losing my father and my grandma on the same day, it hurt me. I wanted to cry real bad, but my mom was the real soldier ’cause I was gonna be the baby, the female, that day, but she told me, she said, ‘Lamar, do not cry.’ I remember that for the rest of my life. Every time when certain things don’t go my way, this and that don’t happen, I just own up to it and be a man about the situation. And mom, I love you so much. Damn, this crazy. Aye. Thank you, Lord.”

Watch the full video of Jackson’s speech above.


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